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Cops: Man crashed stolen car into Patchogue store

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A Long Island man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly stole a car and led cops on a high-speed chase before crashing the stolen vehicle through the front of a Patchogue store, Suffolk County police said April 8.

Michael Nash, 20, of Patchogue, is expected to face a judge Wednesday morning after being charged with grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, fleeing a police officer and reckless endangerment.

Cops said Nash was walking past a Jiffy Lube on Medford Avenue in Patchogue, when he spotted a 2008 Honda that was parked outside the business with the keys in the ignition. The rightful owner of the vehicle, a police spokesman said, was getting an oil change at the shop.

Authorities say Nash hopped in the car and took off, but a police officer saw it happen and began to pursue the stolen vehicle. The officer, Gary Quenzer, had been in the area responding to a call at a nearby business where Nash allegedly tried to steal a 2005 Ford pickup truck, cops said.

Nash allegedly refused to pull over and led officers on a pursuit “at a high rate of speed” along Route 112 until he lost control of the car and crashed through the front of Avenue Sound, a business on East Main Street in Patchogue, around 2:45 p.m., police said.

As police officers pulled up to the scene, the stolen vehicle was “fully into the building,” the police spokesman said. A woman inside the store suffered minor injuries, but declined medical attention at the scene.

Nash was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Center in East Patchogue and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries before being placed under arrest.

Nash, who faces charges of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree attempted grand larceny, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and second-degree reckless endangerment, was being held at Suffolk’s Fifth Precinct in Patchogue.

He was expected to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.