Suffolk County Police Fourth Precinct officers last night arrested a Hauppauge man after he crashed into two police vehicles while fleeing police officers who were investigating him for a prior robbery.
Fourth Squad Special Operations detectives were heading to 27 Rose Court in Hauppauge to conduct surveillance on the home of Theodore Martinez at approximately 4:45 p.m. Martinez, who was a suspect in a prior robbery, recognized the detectives as he was driving past them in a 2012 Volkswagen sedan and sped away. A few minutes later, Martinez’s car struck a marked police vehicle at Old Nichols Road near Motor Parkway, then fled the scene.
Police officers in the marked vehicle initiated a pursuit, but terminated the pursuit when the suspect entered a residential area in Hauppauge. Moments later, while police were canvassing the area, the suspect struck an unmarked detective vehicle with the Volkswagen, then fled that scene as well.
As Martinez was fleeing, he crashed the Volkswagen into the original marked vehicle on Wheeler Road, north of the North Service Road in Hauppauge, where he was arrested and taken into custody at 4:51 p.m.
Martinez, 32, was charged with Robbery 2nd Degree, two counts of Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, two counts of Assault 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Unlawful Fleeing. The suspect’s mother, Loretta Martines, 57, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was also arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.
A police officer and a detective sustained minor injuries during the incident.
Martinez is scheduled for arraignment this morning at First District Court in Central Islip.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.