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Attempted murder charge for man accused of running down Nassau cop

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A man who authorities allege ran over a Nassau County police officer earlier this month while attempting to flee an armed robbery arrest has been charged with attempted murder and felony assault in connection with the incident, according to court documents filed by Queens prosecutors.

Muhammad Ali, 21, was held without bail after an arraignment last week at Queens Criminal Court. He was formally charged with first-degree and second-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, first-degree attempted assault and second-degree assault.

The charges stem from a Jan. 5 altercation between Ali and four plainclothes Nassau County police officers. Ali, authorities said, was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Hicksville when he was approached by the officers on Wexford Terrace in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens.

When the officers identified themselves, Ali allegedly refused to exit his car and began to drive forward and backward, striking several parked cars, before turning the wheel and pinning one of the officers between his 2004 Lincoln LS and an unmarked police vehicle, according to the charging documents.

Authorities said that after he struck the cop, Ali started driving backwards onto the sidewalk, hit another parked SUV and then allegedly drove toward another officer who was standing against a fence on the sidewalk.

The officer fired a gunshot from his service weapon, which struck Ali in the chest. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The police officer, who authorities said suffered “crushing injuries” to his legs, was treated at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. A Nassau County police spokesman did not respond to a request for comment and an update on the officer’s condition.

A spokesman for the Nassau County district attorney’s office said police have not yet filed any charges in connection with the armed robbery in Hicksville.

Ali is due back in Queens Criminal Court on Jan. 22.

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