NBC New York
A Nassau County police officer is in the hospital after surviving a crash Monday afternoon. Rescuers had to tear apart her mangled cruiser to rescue her. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.
A Long Island police officer who crashed her car on the highway during a pursuit is in serious condition after being pulled from the vehicle, Nassau County and state police said.
Authorities said the officer had responded to a report of a suspicious car in North Massapequa after two people were seen changing the plates on a Honda in the area.
When she arrived, the suspicious car took off, and she chased it onto the eastbound Southern State Parkway.
After about a mile of pursuit, the suspects slammed on the brakes. She swerved, hit a guardrail and crashed into oncoming traffic near Route 110.
She was pinned in the vehicle and rescue crews managed to get her out just before 1:15 p.m. Monday.
The Southern State Parkway was closed eastbound from Bethpage Parkway to Route 109 through the afternoon rush hour while police investigated, and reopened by 5:45 p.m.
The suspects fled. Police said they are pursuing a gray Honda in connection with the crash.