A late-night police chase ended in a crash on Long Island, killing a passenger in the car that was being pursued and a couple in another car that was struck, authorities said Sunday.
An officer spotted a Nissan Rogue that had been reported stolen after its driver failed to stop at a stop sign on Main Street in Yaphank around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Suffolk County police said.
The officer tried to pull the driver over, but the driver, identified by police as Nahriek Belford, 17, of Bellport, refused to stop, according to police.
The officer called for backup and started following Belford, police said.
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Belford was driving west on Route 25 when he hit a Honda CRV that was trying to make a left turn onto Birchwood Park Drive, according to police.
The 74-year-old Honda driver and his 71-year-old wife were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The two were identified by police as Jerome and Randee Weingarten, of Middle Island.
Police said they were driving home when the crash happened.
Belford’s 19-year-old passenger, identified by police as his half-brother Angelo Belford, was also pronounced dead.
Nahriek Belford and another passenger in the Nissan, a 16-year-old boy, were hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Belford has been charged with one count of reckless endangerment, but is expected to face additional charges, according to police.
His attorney information wasn’t immediately available.
Police said the pursuit lasted for around five miles, but said the speed at which the vehicles were traveling hadn’t been determined.