Two men were arrested Saturday after slamming into a police cruiser on Long Island, then careening into a nearby house before igniting it on fire, according to police.
The men were traveling east on Woods Road in North Babylon when they ran a stop sign and crashed their SUV into a marked Suffolk County police car that was crossing the intersection of Elkton Lane just before 2 p.m. Friday, county police said.
After hitting the police car, the SUV went into a house — and then caught fire, police said. The flames quickly spread to the house. Fortunately, the fire was doused with no injuries to anyone inside the home.
The police officer inside the cruiser was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with injuries that aren't considered life-threatening, according to county police.
The driver of the SUV, identified Saturday by police as 31-year-old DaSean Player, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Player was arrested Saturday and charged with reckless driving and multiple counts of drug possession, police said. His passenger, 32-year-old Steven Glover, faces similar drug possession charges as well as resisting arrest and attempted assault for "kicking and spitting at a police officer while stating he had COVID," police said.
Glover had allegedly fled the scene on foot and was apprehended by authorities a short distance later.
Attorney information for either man was not immediately made available.