Man accused of stealing vehicle, crashing into 2 cruisers while fleeing from police
Police say a man has been arrested in Mount Sinai after he crashed a stolen vehicle into two police cars while fleeing from officers.
According to police, Christopher Cruz stole a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee from the driveway of a residence on Oakland Avenue in Port Jefferson Station at approximately 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Officers in an unmarked police vehicle saw the Jeep pull into the parking lot of Mobil, located at on Route 112 in Coram, at approximately 12:05 a.m.
Officers in marked police vehicles arrived at the scene moments later. Cruz rammed the Jeep into one of the police vehicles, injuring an officer, and then fled the scene.
Cruz lost control of the Jeep a short time later and crashed into a snowbank near the intersection of Canal Road and Strathmore Court in Mount Sinai.
When officers arrived at the scene, Cruz rammed the Jeep into a second police vehicle and attempted to drive away before crashing into another snowbank and coming to a stop.
One officer was injured as Cruz was being taken into custody.
Cruz was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The two injured police officers were transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Cruz, 30, who is undomiciled, was charged with grand larceny, assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.