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Nassau County Police Officer Critically Injured In Southern State Parkway Crash

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AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island police officer was airlifted to a hospital following a serious car crash on the Southern State Parkway.

The crash, which happened near Route 110 in Amityville, involved a female officer from the department’s 7th Precinct. The officer was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in serious but stable condition.

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At a news conference Monday afternoon, authorities said the officer was responding to a call from a North Massapequa resident about someone switching license plates on their car.  Al Jones, of 1010 WINS, reported that the resident witnessed the suspect replacing a Pennsylvania license plate with Florida plates.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Gets Details Of The Crash From Authorities

The injured officer responded and spotted the four-door Honda Accord, now with Florida plates, on the Southern State.  The officer then closely tailed the car going eastbound in her unmarked cruiser.

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Nassau County police are looking for the grey Honda Accord seen in this photo. (credit: handout)

However, after noticing the officer, the suspect slammed on the brakes, causing the officer to swerve and hit a guardrail, which propelled the cruiser back into traffic, where it was hit by another vehicle in the process.

“Apparently the two subjects in this car hit the brakes.  I mean, they really pound on the brakes — almost making the car come to a complete stop.  We believe it was a maneuver, maybe to lose the police officer,” Nassau County Detective Lt. Kevin Smith told reporters, including CBS 2’s John Slattery.

The occupants of the other vehicle were not seriously injured.  No arrests have been made in the incident.  However, police did release a photo of the car wanted in the crash.

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