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Cops: Driver was high on heroin in Hicksville hit-and-run

Steven Santo, 28, of North Bellmore, is accused of driving high on drugs and fleeing the scene of a crash, New York State Police say.
Credit: New York State Police

A Long Island man was arrested after he admitted to being high on drugs when he allegedly sideswiped another car along the Southern State Parkway and fled the scene before resisting arrest and trying to run away from state troopers, New York State Police said March 17.

State police arrested Steven Santo, 28, of North Bellmore, at the Westbury Jeep dealership on Jericho Turnpike and now faces resisting arrest, assault, unlicensed driving, drug possession and driving while ability impaired charges.

Police said they were called to respond to a report of a hit-and-run accident in the eastbound lanes of the Southern State Parkway near Newbridge Road at 6:41 p.m. on Friday. When troopers arrived to the scene, they learned a blue Chrysler sedan had crashed into a Volkswagon and then fled the scene, a news release said.

The driver of the Volkswagon provided them with the other car’s license plate number and a description of the driver. Troopers ran the license plate information and were led to the register owner, but were told the person driving the car was “a family friend.” The car’s owner told them they could find the driver – later identified as Santo – at Westbury Jeep on Jericho Turnpike, according to the news release.

When investigators caught up with Santo, he allegedly admitted to striking the Volkswagon and fleeing the scene and later “admitted to using heroin before the accident,” according to police. Troopers said he also had heroin and Xanax pills on him when he was arrested.

When police tried to arrest him, Santo allegedly resisted arrest and then tried to flee on foot, the news release said. He was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, resting arrest, driving while ability impaired by drugs and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said Santo also had four outstanding warrants when he was arrested. Details on those cases were not immediately available.

Santo, authorities said, was arraigned Saturday in Nassau First District Court and ordered held on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He was represented by the Legal Aid Society, which does not comment on individual cases and is due back in court on Tuesday.