Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00
Nassau County police officials are praising the courage of a female officer who was first victimized, but then helped in the arrest of a crime that took place last November in North Massapequa.
On Wednesday, Feb. 29, officers with The Homicide Squad arrested Louie Blanton of Amityville and charged him with Assault on a police officer, Assault in the second degree, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the second degree, Reckless Endangerment in the second degree, Reckless Driving and Leaving the Scene of a Serious Physical Injury Incident Without Reporting. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday, March 1.
At a Friday, March 2 press conference, Chief of Department Steven E. Skrynecki said the November incident “underscores the dangers of policing in car stops.”
Chief Skrynecki also praised the officer, whose name is being withheld, for assisting in the investigation while undergoing a rigorous rehabilitation program.
“[Her] injuries were extensive and extremely life threatening,” Chief Skrynecki said. “[She is] very fortunate to be alive.”
While the officer is in the midst of a long recovery process, Chief Skrynecki admitted that the victim “probably will never regain full body functions.” The chief also noted the officer’s “strong and courageous” assistance in the investigation, which led to the Feb. 29 arrest.
Homicide detectives said that the arrest came, too, as a result of an “outstanding investigation” by the Homicide Squad, the assistance of the Crimes Against Property Squad, Seventh Precinct, in particular the Seventh Precinct officers who responded to the scene of this incident, the Seventh Squad and the public.
According to police, on Monday, November 21, 2011, Seventh Precinct police officers responded to the vicinity of Pine Street and South Park Drive for a suspicious vehicle. Residents observed two unknown male subjects switching the registration plates on a dark grey Honda, police said. A responding officer observed the vehicle and when she went to stop it the vehicle fled eastbound on the Southern State Parkway. Police pursued the vehicle as it operated erratically. In the vicinity of exit 32, Route 110 in Farmingdale, the vehicle braked abruptly in an attempt to distract and evade the pursuing officer, police said. The officer veered to avoid a collision, striking the guardrail on the right side of the roadway, police added. In turn, the police vehicle was repelled into the middle of the roadway where it was struck by an unrelated vehicle. That was occupied by two persons who were not injured. The police vehicle then came to rest underneath the Route 110 overpass. The police officer was extricated from her vehicle and airlifted to a local hospital where she is listed in serious but stable condition. The officer, police said, has been with the department since 1992.
—Joe Scotchie contributed to this story.