Driver Crashes into Police Car, Found With Drugs, Fake IDs

Police say two 19-year-olds were arrested in East Rockaway after they crashed into a police car

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    Two Long Island men were arrested in East Rockaway early Sunday after they allegedly crashed  into a police officer's vehicle and were found in possession of drugs, police said.

    According to authorities, a Nassau County police officer was going eastbound on Waverly Avenue at about 1:05 a.m. when he was struck head-on by a 2006 Toyota driven by 19-year-old Vincent Rossi of Lynbrook.

    Rossi was found to be driving was under the influence of alcohol. In addition, two switchblade knives, marijuana, red and white capsules believed to be steroids and a small glass injectable vial with a liquid substance were sitting in the center console of the vehicle, police said.

    Rossi and the passenger, 19-year-old Dhobrinshky Gracia, also of Lynbrook, were arrested at the scene.

    Police said Rossi had a counterfeit Florida driver's license and Gracia had two counterfeit Pennsylvania driver's licenses.

    The injured police officer was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

    Rossi was charged with forgery, criminal possession of controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and driving while intoxicated. Gracia was charged with forgery, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a dangerous weapon.

    They were expected to be arraigned Sunday.

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