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Police: Driver in custody after striking 2 plainclothes officers in Huntington

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Police say two police officers were injured after being struck by a car in Huntington.



Authorities say Second Precinct Crime Section Officer Nicholas Guerrero and Officer Heriberto Lugo pulled a driver over during a routine traffic stop at around 1:30 p.m. on Partridge Lane in Huntington.



Police say the driver struck the two officers and fled the scene.



Officer Guerrero, 36, suffered serious head trauma and was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.



Officer Lugo suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. He has since been released.



Police say after the hit-and-run, the driver struck another car in Huntington and did not stop.



They say the driver then carjacked a woman in Commack and abandoned the SUV that hit the officers.



Investigators say they found the driver and two passengers inside a Target in Central Islip following a countywide manhunt. The alleged driver and one of the passengers were taken into custody.



Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


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