Alleged Carjacker Crashes Stolen Car into Long Island School: Police

Children were on lockdown for an hour, officials said.

By Greg Cergol
|  Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012  |  Updated 6:46 AM EDT
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Police on Long Island say a suspected armed carjacker led them on a high-speed chase, and then crashed into an elementary school.  News 4's Greg Cergol reports.

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Police on Long Island say a suspected armed carjacker led them on a high-speed chase, and then crashed into an elementary school. News 4's Greg Cergol reports.

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An armed carjacker being pursued by police crashed a stolen car into a Long Island elementary school Tuesday and was arrested as he made a run for the school's door, authorities said.

Police say the suspect brandished a handgun and stole a gray Infiniti on the street in Hicksville. After a call went out about the stolen car, police spotted it and began chasing the driver.

The chase went on for several miles until the suspect turned into Harold D. Fayette Elementary School in North Merrick, colliding with a police vehicle as he did so.

The impact of the crash sent the Infiniti hurtling into the school. The suspect jumped out and ran up to the door of the school, but was arrested just outside, according to police and school officials.

Four police officers suffered minor injuries; no children were hurt.

Nassau Police Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack said a handgun was recovered.

The school, where 300 children attend from kindergarten to sixth grade, was on lockdown for about an hour Tuesday, and parents were notified through messages sent to their phones.

Several parents came to the school to check on their children, but school officials said none of the kids were pulled out of classes.

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