N.Y. man rams squad car during pursuit

By Christine Armario

BAY SHORE, N.Y. — A Deer Park man led Suffolk police on a 25-minute chase from Shirley to Bay Shore early Wednesday morning before crashing into a patrol car trying to stop him from going the wrong way on Sunrise Highway, police said.

Seventh Precinct officers were alerted to David Guza, 25, after his mother called police to say her son had taken her 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser without her permission and was under the influence of drugs, police said.

When police attempted to pull Guza over on Montauk Highway, he accelerated and began weaving through traffic, police said. He continued westbound on the highway, got off at Station Road and drove north to Sunrise Highway, police said. Officers ahead of the pursuit twice placed stop-strips in front of his car, but Guza managed to elude them.

A third set of the spiked strips deflated Guza's front tries. He exited the highway at Route 231 in Bay Shore and struck a patrol car driven by Officer John Boreshesky of the Seventh Precinct. Guza turned back around and entered the westbound lanes while driving in an eastbound direction.

Boreshesky drove ahead and started to slow down. Guza then struck Boreshesky's patrol car a second time. The officer steered them out of the way of oncoming traffic, Det. Sgt. James McGuinness said.

Inside Guza's car, officers found a crack pipe with residue of the drug inside, police said. Guza declined to submit to a blood or breath test, but McGuinness said the officers observed physical signs of intoxication.

Boreshesky was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for injuries to his shoulder and neck. He was treated and released. Guza sustained injuries to his face, but no broken bones, and was treated and released from Southside Hospital. He is currently awaiting arraignment Thursday and being held at the Seventh Precinct in Shirley.

McGuinness said no civilians were injured.

Since last December, two people have died as police attempted to apprehend criminal suspects. William Calhoun, 59, died when a suspected drug dealer crashed into his Farmingdale home after leading Suffolk police an an extended-high speed chase. In July, a 27-year-old Port Jefferson man was killed when an officer proceeded through a Mount Sinai intersection to chase after a reckless motorcyclist, police said.

McGuinness said Guza at times went in excess of 70 mph, but that the entire episode had been closely supervised.

"The pursuit was monitored from start to finish by a supervisor," McGuinness said. "The officers are trained constantly to reevaluate the events of the pursuit and the conditions."

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