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Two troopers injured after high-speed chase over TZ Bridge

GREENBURGH – State Police have a New York City man in custody following a high-speed chase from the Town of Greenburgh on the Thruway over the Tappan Zee Bridge into Rockland County.

Carlos Soto, 39, allegedly led police on the Thruway at 97 miles per hour until he got off the superhighway at exit 11 in Nyack where he drove until he reached Nyack Beach State Park, which was gated for the season. He made a U-turn heading south on the north side of the road and struck an oncoming state police car head-on. The trooper was injured and Soto’s car was disabled.

Soto fled on foot and was chased by another trooper who was able to engage him about 100 yards later. Soto violently resisted arrest, physically throwing punches and attempting to gain possession of the officer’s Taser and sidearm.

Moments later, Clarkstown Police officers arrived and assisted in handcuffing Soto. A search of his car located nine grams of heroin, two grams of cocaine, and narcotic pills of Clonazepam inside the vehicle.

The injured troopers were treated and released at Nyack Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Soto was treated for minor cuts to his face and head during the incident and was treated at the hospital.

When released, he was to be charged with reckless endangerment, assault with intent to cause physical injury, and criminal mischief, all as felonies, and misdemeanors of driving while ability impaired by drugs, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of drugs, resisting arrest and assault.