A Rockland County man is facing a host of charges after crashing his vehicle moments after fleeing the scene of a traffic stop in Orange County in an incident in which a state trooper was injured, according to police.
State Police stopped a vehicle on I-87 in the town of Tuxedo for a traffic violation at about 10:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.
During the trooper’s interview of the driver, 29-year-old Chaim Surkis of Spring Valley fled without warning. After crashing his vehicle, police attempted to place Surkis under arrest and a brief struggle ensued. Surkis was taken into custody, transported to local hospital for evaluation. The injured trooper was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.
Surkis was processed on Monday, Jan. 22 at state police headquarters in Tarrytown and subsequently charged with:
- Assault in the second degree, with intent to cause injury to a police officer, a Class D felony.
- Reckless driving, unclassified misdemeanor
- Reckless endangerment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor
- Resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor
- Obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor
- Unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor
- Criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor
Surkis is currently awaiting arraignment in the town of Tuxedo Court. No bail or return court information is available at this time.
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