A Long Island teenager was arrested early Tuesday after he tried to escape police by jumping out of a stolen vehicle as it was moving, authorities said.
A Suffolk County police officer tried to pull over a 1995 Nissan Maxima on Montauk Highway in Bay Shore at about 3:40 a.m. for a traffic violation, but the driver would not stop, police said.
Instead, the five occupants jumped out of the moving car and ran north on Penataquit Avenue, according to police. The police officer managed to stop the Maxima, put it in park and catch up to three of the individuals who fled.
An alert was issued for the two other individuals -- the driver and a male passenger -- and other patrol and canine units were able to locate them, police said.
The 17-year-old driver, who is from Central Islip, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment. He is expected to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on July 4.
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