FRANKLYWNOW - Hit-and-run in Huntington gravely injures Officer Nicholas Guerr

Hit-and-run in Huntington gravely injures Officer Nicholas Guerrero; 2 suspects arraigned

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Two Northport men were arraigned on a slew of charges after a Suffolk police officer was seriously injured in a hit-and-run Monday afternoon.



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.



Prosecutors say the driver, 34-year-old Chad Morizsan, and his nephew, 22-year-old Nicholas Franzone, hit the two officers, stole $10 in gasoline, and left the scene of another accident. They say the duo then carjacked an 87-year-old woman in Commack as she pulled into her driveway. Authorities say she was thrown to the ground and had her purse stolen.



Police say the suspects went to Target in Central Islip and used the 87-year-old woman's stolen credit card to buy a TV. Prosecutors say they then claimed it was too small and tried to exchange it. They were arrested at the store.



Guerrero is in grave condition after suffering serious head trauma during the incident. He was airlifted from the scene to Stony Brook University Hospital.




Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota says Morizsan had warrants out for his arrest.



"He was on probation. He was fleeing two or three crime scenes and he deserves to be in jail," said Spota.



Morizsan was held on more than $3 million bail. Franzone was held on $150,000 bail.


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