On Tuesday, August 28, the police were chasing Anthony O. Nash of Stony Point, a man wanted on felony drug charges, but Eddie B. Lopez of Haverstraw mistakenly thought they were chasing him because he had stolen a car. Both men are now in the Rockland County jail.
Lopez, 22, crashed into a police car while trying to avoid a police chase near the Walnut Hill Apartments. He saw the lights flashing while driving a stolen car and attempted to flee but hit a police car causing minor injuries to the officer inside. He drove off but police caught up and arrest him.
The man the police were initially chasing, Nash, 25, tried to run but the police caught him as well.
Lopez was charged with second-degree assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal mischief, all felonies. He was also charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, third-degree fleeing an officer, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors.
Nash was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and second-degree assault, all felonies. He was also charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, third-degree fleeing an officer, resisting arrest and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors.