Ronkonkoma, NY - May 30, 2015 - Suffolk County Police today arrested a Holbrook man for driving while intoxicated following a pursuit during which his vehicle struck two police vehicles.
Jordan Levent was driving a BMW when he failed to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk at North Ocean Avenue and Main Street in Patchogue at approximately 11:55 p.m. Fifth Precinct Police Officer Arnold Reyes attempted to pull the vehicle over on Cedar Grove Street but the driver made a U-turn and his car intentionally struck the police car. Levent continued driving and struck a 2006 Honda at the Waverly Avenue traffic circle. Levent had stopped his vehicle and Officer Reyes, along with two other officers who were assisting, ordered the driver out of the vehicle but he sped off nearly striking one of the officers.
Levent turned the vehicle lights off and fled onto the Long Island Expressway heading westbound in the eastbound lanes. The BMW then turned around heading west in the westbound lanes near Exit 60 when it exited off the highway. Levent’s BMW struck an Emergency Service Section vehicle assisting in the incident at the intersection of Rose Drive and Farmardie Drive in Ronkonkoma at 12:03 a.m.
Jordan Levent, 23, of Holbrook, was taken into custody and transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where he was treated and released to police. The officers, as well as the driver of the Honda were not injured.
Levent was charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree, four counts of Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, two counts of Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage, Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Circumventing an Interlock Device and Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree.
Levent will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip tomorrow.
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