Louie Blanton sentenced to 10 years for crash that injured Nassau officer

Police say Louie Blanton, 24, was trying to

Police say Louie Blanton, 24, was trying to run from police when he caused a crash that left the female officer with life threatening injuries. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

NORTH MASSAPEQUA - The man who seriously injured a Nassau County officer during a high-speed chase has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Police say Louie Blanton, 24, was trying to run from police when he caused a crash that left officer Colleen Magnifico with life-threatening injuries and ended her career.

The incident started when the officer tried to pull over a suspicious car in North Massapequa in November 2011. The veteran officer was struck on the Southern State Parkway and fractured her spine.

According to police, the driver originally got away and then changed his license plates after the crash. After three months, detectives arrested Blanton, of Amityville.

Blanton pleaded guilty to aggravated assault back in January of this year.

In court today, the officer’s husband told Blanton, “Your actions that day did not just affect my family, they affected all of Nassau County.” 

Blanton's attorney said his client hopes he will be released from prison in time to know his children, who are between the ages of 1 and 8.

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