LI Police Officer Seriously Hurt in Car Crash During Chase

The officer had to be extricated from her vehicle.

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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. (Published Monday, Nov 21, 2011)

    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.