ALERT CENTER: Brooklyn man accused of assaulting an officer in Hicksville
Police say a Brooklyn man has been arrested for assaulting a Nassau County police officer in Hicksville.
According to police, on Dec. 9 at 3:40 p.m., officers observed a black Nissan Altima with Pennsylvania license plates on Old Country Road at Duffy Avenue commit multiple traffic infractions.
The officers conducted a vehicle and traffic law stop. The vehicle was occupied by two males.
As part of the investigation, police say one officer requested the driver’s license and registration from the vehicle operator, which he failed to provide. Police say when prompted again for his identification, the driver fled in his vehicle at a high rate of speed, striking the officer in the foot and hand and proceeded to drag the officer several feet before leaving the scene.
The injured officer was taken to a hospital where he underwent treatment for his injuries.
The officer has been out of work since the incident and has undergone four surgeries.
Police say they arrested the driver, Ephrem Jusino, 40, of Brooklyn, in Deer Park and placed him into custody.
Jusino is charged with assault to a police officer causing serious physical injury, leaving the scene, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and traffic infractions.
Ephrem Jusino. Credit: Police