Incident: Man Arrested For Striking Police Car During Pursuit
Location: Brookwood Drive, Wheatley Heights
Date/Time: Monday, November 4, 2019 at approximately 2 p.m.
Suffolk County Police today arrested a man after he intentionally struck a marked police vehicle during a traffic stop in Wheatley Heights.
A Suffolk County Police First Precinct officer was on patrol on Lee Avenue in Wyandanch when he observed a blue Ford traveling eastbound making a turn without signaling. Upon seeing the officer, the driver fled the scene at a high rate of speed in the vehicle. Over the next several minutes, the suspect was driving erratically and was observed striking a mailbox on Washington Avenue and leaving the scene. The officer determined the suspect was driving recklessly and activated lights and sirens, pursuing the vehicle until it struck a telephone pole at the intersection of Washington Avenue and N. 27th Street in Wheatley Heights at approximately 2 p.m.
The officer ordered the driver and occupant of the vehicle to exit the car, but the driver put the car in reverse and drove at the responding officer, forcing him to jump out of the vehicle’s path before it hit a marked police cruiser. The officer continued to pursue the subjects, who abandoned the vehicle on Colonial Spring Road and fled on foot.
The officer located the driver, Daevon Cannon, attempting to jump a fence. Cannon reached toward his waistband and the officer deployed his Taser, striking Cannon.
Cannon, 21, of 6 Niagara Street in Bay Shore, was taken in a police car to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for evaluation. He was charged with Unlawful Fleeing and Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, and Leaving the Scene of an Incident. He will be held overnight at the First Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on November 5.
Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to call the First Precinct Crime Section at 631-854-8126 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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