According to Nassau County Police, the incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 in Massapequa.

Dennis Zvonki, 43, of Bay Shore, was initially pulled over for speeding a van on the Sunrise Highway near Loudon Avenue.

When officers directed him to park the car in the parking lot, Zvonki refused, police said. That’s when the officer stepped on the running board, put his hand through the window, and tried to park the van in the parking space.

Zvonki sped away while the officer remained on the pedal, refusing orders to stop, according to reports.

He eventually pulled the car off the road, onto the sidewalk, and crashed into a fence on Clock Avenue.

Zvonki then tried to escape through the passenger side window but was caught by another officer. He was eventually handcuffed after “violent and active resistance,” police said.

Police later discovered he was wanted on an active Nassau County judge’s warrant and had his driver’s license suspended.

Inside the van, police found a 49-year-old female passenger and Zvonki’s 12-year-old son, who was not wearing a seat belt. Neither passenger was injured.

The officer was taken to hospital for minor cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Zvonki was not injured in the accident. He was charged with the following offences:

  • assault
  • Two counts of reckless endangerment
  • resist arrest
  • Repeated vehicle and traffic violations

He is due to appear at Hempstead 1 Local Court on Friday, July 21.

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