Officer Ryan West observed a blue Chevrolet Blazer that was believed to be used in numerous Dix Hills burglaries and attempted burglaries. When Officer West attempted to stop the Blazer at approximately 11:30 a.m. at Commack Road and the Long Island Expressway in Deer Park, the driver fled at a high rate of speed. The driver, Michael Ferrara and his passenger, Vincent Pensavalle were arrested after Ferrara intentionally rammed four marked police vehicles and his Blazer became disabled on Larch Lane in Smithtown.
Ferrara, 41, and Pensavalle, 42, both undomiciled, were arrested for committing eight burglaries and two attempted burglaries. They were charged with two counts of Assault 2nd Degree, four counts of Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest and Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer.
Ferrara and Pensavalle will be arraigned on April 11 at First District Court in Central Islip.
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