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Nassau County Officer Struck By Vehicle

Robert Robinson resisted being physically removed from a car during a traffic stop and then struck the officer.

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A Nassau County Police officer was maliciously struck by a vehicle in what started as a routine stop on Friday night. The incident took place on Jerusalem Avenue in Uniondale. The man responsible is Robert Robinson, 26, from Inwood.

The officer noticed a suspicious bag in the car after peering inside. The bag in question sitting in the center console looked to be cocaine to the officer. After questioning Robinson as to its contents, the cop asked him to step out of his 1998 Buick and this is when the stop took a turn for the worst.

After the officer tried to physically remove Robinson from the car, Robinson resisted and then quickly drove away to escape an arrest. The Nassau County officer was thrown from the Buick after he accelerated. As Robinson carelessly sped off, he slammed in to a Jeep which was then knocked in to a traffic sign.

Robinson drove from Uniondale to Hempstead before ditching his car on Angevine Street. Officers spotted Robinson trying to get away and this led to his second scuffle with Nassau police for the night. After tossing something in to the front yard of a house on Cruikshank Avenue, officers attempted to cuff the perp. Once again, Robinson resisted and he fought the police. After running down an officer and then fighting off the handcuffs of another in one sitting, Robinson was finally taken down.

According to Newsday, the Inwood resident’s ordeal ended with him being charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an auto accident with property damage. Robinson was also given the original traffic tickets he was supposed to receive in the stop.

[Source: CBS, Newsday]