LI Police Officer Seriously Hurt in Car Crash During Chase

The officer had to be extricated from her vehicle.

By Pei-Sze Cheng
|  Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011  |  Updated 6:37 AM EDT
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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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