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Police: Motorist in Stolen Vehicle Collides with Officer

Anthony Mills.
Anthony Mills.
This story was updated at 3:47 p.m. on 1.7.13.

A motorist driving a stolen vehicle took a Long Beach police officer on a chase before he collided into his patrol car and was arrested Friday, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

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Anthony Mills, 48, of West Hemsptead was driving eastbound in the left lane on West Park Avenue at Washington Boulevard when patrol officer  Brian Martin got a hit on his license plate reader for a stolen vehicle, a light-blue 2012 Honda Civic, at about 9:41 a.m. on Jan. 4, said Eric Cregeen, the department’s public information officer.  

Martin followed the vehicle and observed it crossing two lanes of traffic to the right lane, after which the stolen vehicle gained speed. Martin turned his emergency lights and siren on in an attempt to stop the motorist, but Mills refused to pull over and struck two parked vehicles.

“Officer Martin was able to call for assistance from other units in the area, as the stolen vehicle proceeded north over the Long Beach Bridge into Island Park,” Cregeen said.

After crossing the bridge, Mills spotted police vehicles surrounding him on Austin Boulevard and he made a sharp left turn and drove westbound onto Rail Road Place, where he struck Martin’s patrol car and the airbag in the stolen vehicle was deployed from the collision.

Mill’s stopped at the northwest corner of Rail Road Place and Austin Boulevard, and Martin’s car blocked the vehicle’s driver’s side door as a result of the collision.

“The driver of the stolen vehicle refused to comply to officers instructions to put his hands up but instead was reaching under his seat,” Cregeen said.

Martin used his baton to break the driver’s side window of the stolen vehicle to gain entry, after which Mills was placed under arrest at about 9:50 a.m. Mills was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of vehicle without owners consent, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

A Nassau County Police Department ambulance transported Mills to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside to treat pain in his leg due to the collision.

Long Beach City Court Judge Frank Dikranis arraigned Mills at LBPD headquarters Saturday morning. No bail was set and Mills was remanded until Jan. 7.  

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davehorowitz1 January 07, 2013 at 12:06 PM
I would gather a weapon of some sort...
Hamburger January 07, 2013 at 01:35 PM
he's a decent guy once you get to know him
The real bear January 07, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Really execute him?
Brendan January 07, 2013 at 01:53 PM
We could fake execute him but I don't know how effective of a solution it would be to eliminating this net-zero human from damaging other people's property and threatening and endangering their lives.
Beachguy January 07, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Isn't he related to the guy caught over there with the 45 and all the drugs?
Trying to Make Sense January 08, 2013 at 08:17 AM
Good work Officer Martin! And the LBPD. We, all of us, need to keep our eyes open and report suspicious activity as so many homes are unoccupied and the normal levels of "neighborhood watching" is compromised.
Dee January 18, 2013 at 08:32 PM
One vehicle was parked and the other was at a red light with a female driver. @ candygram there is no decency in a man who stole a vehicle, does not pull over for police and rams into two vehicles one of which was occupied.... oh and lets not forget the old man who fell in the middle of the street because the sound of impact startled him.

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