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NJ Man Arrested for Injuring Officer While Speeding Away From Police at JFK

What to Know

  • An officer was injured when a car drove towards her while fleeing officers at Kennedy Airport on Saturday
  • The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at an area hospital
  • Officers chased after the driver after he sped away but he was able to escape; police said they'd arrested the man Wednesday

Police have arrested a man who they say injured an officer when he raced away from police at Kennedy Airport over the weekend. 

Felix Urgiles, 29, was arrested at a home in New Milford, New Jersey, on Wednesday morning. Police said he was found hiding in a closet at the home on Princeton Street.

Authorities believe Urgiles was the driver of a car that sped away from officers at Terminal 8 on Saturday evening. One of the officers had to dive out of the way of the car and fell into another moving vehicle, according to Port Authority police spokesperson Joe Pentangelo.

The officer was taken to an area hospital with bruising and soft tissue damage. Authorities said her injuries were non-life-threatening.

Port Authority police closed down the Van Wyck Expressway as they searched for the suspect, but they couldn't find him, Pentangelo said. Sources told NBC 4 on Sunday that police had identified the driver.

Charges against Urgiles were pending Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.

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