Police: Teen led officers on chase, intentionally rammed cruiser
A teenager is accused of leading police on a wild chase and intentionally ramming their cruiser, injuring two officers.
Officers say the incident began Sunday when officers tried to pull over 16-year-old Talique Thomas on Post Avenue in Westbury. The initial traffic stop was due to a problem with the license plates on Thomas' BMW, police say.
Authorities say Thomas sped away and then rammed into the side of the officers' cruiser. He then led officers on a chase down Old Country Road and entered a parking lot near the Roosevelt Field mall, where officials say he twice collided with the officers' car, injuring the two officers.
Thomas then drove with a damaged tire to Old Country Road by the Meadowbrook Parkway, where he lost control of his car and crashed into a Toyota vehicle. At that point, Thomas and the three men in his car fled on foot, police say.
Authorities shut down parts of Old Country Road for nearly three hours as they launched a massive search for Thomas on the ground and by helicopter.
Officers say they cornered Thomas on Wright Avenue in Carle Place, where a shocked neighbor who had been gardening with her daughter recorded video of the arrest on her cellphone.
Police say they found seven bags of marijuana in Thomas' pants pockets as he was taken into custody.
Thomas' family attempted to block News 12's cameras at his arraignment in court Monday, where he pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
Thomas' lawyer says his client is innocent, and accused police of misconduct. "There are...allegations that the police acted improperly as well, unnecessary use of force, using a Taser on a 16-year-old when he's already subdued," says the attorney, Sandy Pirotin.
The two officers were treated for head, back and leg injuries. They are expected to be OK.