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Suffolk County Police today arrested two men in Dix Hills following a pursuit on the Long Island Expressway early Friday morning, June 30.

Police said Highway Patrol Bureau Sergeant Peter Clancy observed the operator of a 2016 Nissan Sentra driving erratically west on the Long Island Expressway near exit 62 at approximately 2 a.m. Sgt. Clancy attempted to pull over the vehicle but the driver allegedly fled. The driver of the Sentra and an acquaintance, who was driving nearby in a Chevrolet began weaving through traffic. The drivers refused to stop for the Sgt. and Highway Patrol Bureau Officer Robert Scudellari deployed stop sticks which stopped the Chevrolet. The Nissan continued and Sgt. Clancy was able to bring the vehicle to a stop on the Long Island Expressway at Exit 52 in Dix Hills.

Highway Patrol Bureau charged the driver of the Nissan, Queens resident Robert Richards, 32, with reckless driving and third-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle. Second Squad detectives charged the driver of the Chevrolet, Queens resident Donzel Raywhyte, 28, with three counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument for possessing three forged out of state licenses. Highway Patrol Bureau charged Raywhyte with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and false personation.

Richards was held overnight at the 2nd Precinct and scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip June 30. Raywhyte will be held overnight at the 2nd Precinct tonight and scheduled for arraignment July 1. No attorney information was immediately available.

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Melina Silsbe mugshot from SCPD

An arrested woman escaped officers, stole an ambulette and crashed it on the Sunken Meadow State Parkway on Thursday evening, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Police said 24-year-old Melina Silsbe was arrested the day before on numerous misdemeanor warrants and one felony warrant, but was taken from the precinct to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown for treatment of a medical condition.

An officer was assigned to guard her, but Silsbe allegedly slipped out of her restraints and fled the hospital, allegedly stealing an unoccupied ambulette that had been left running in front of St. Catherine’s main entrance. The suspect’s escape kicked off a police pursuit through Commack, along Jericho Turnpike and then onto the highway.

Police said during the pursuit Silsbe, driving the ambulette, crashed into another vehicle on the Sunken Meadow and then was taken back into police custody.

She faces added charges of second-degree escape, fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, second-degree reckless endangerment and unlawfully fleeing a police officer.

Attorney information for Silsbe was not immediately available Friday.

The suspect was treated for minor injuries at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore following the crash and was released.

Police said the other vehicle’s driver was not hurt.