By Danny Schrafel
It was, according to police, a wild, treacherous ride that began in Commack, escalated when an allegedly drunken man rammed his car into a police cruiser, and came to a close in Huntington Station with spike strips and a foot pursuit.
And when it was all over, Wymann Wiggins, 26, of Amityville, now faces numerous charges, including a felony DWI charge, and numerous counts related to his attempts to evade police.
Police said it all began at 4:05 a.m., when a Fourth Precinct sergeant pulled over Wiggins, driving a 2008 Toyota Avalon, on Jericho Turnpike and Kings Park Road. According to the district attorney’s office, Wiggins was going 90 mph in a 40 mph zone, and was observed to have “glassy, bloodshot eyes” and smelled of alcohol. He also refused a breathalyzer and a blood test, the DA’s office said.
Police also allege Wiggins backed into the cruiser several times, then fled. When cops caught up with him again on Jericho Turnpike in Commack, Wiggins again hit the gas when they tried to pull him over, according to police.
The pursuit led to Huntington Station, where police dropped spike strips on Jericho Turnpike at Manor Road.
After Wiggins’ tires were punctured, he crashed a short time later at Longfellow Drive in Huntington Station, and from there he tried to run. However, Second Precinct officer Justin Holloway wasn’t far behind, and collared him following a foot pursuit.
Wiggins was arraigned Sunday morning on a laundry list of charges, including driving while intoxicated, an E felony; unlawful fleeing a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and criminal mischief, as well as numerous traffic infractions.
He’s also facing four counts of misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a C felony. Police said he was in possession of cocaine and heroin. The DA’s office said he was in possession of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone and heroin.
According to the DA’s office, it’s not his first brush with the law. He was convicted Nov. 4, 2011 for driving ability impaired by drugs, and in 2012, he was arrested on assault charges while in the county jail while serving time for criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell; he was sentenced to time served in April 2012.
Wiggins’ attorney, Paul Barahal, could not be reached Monday. Wiggins is due back in Suffolk County First District Court on Thursday and is being held on $52,000 cash bail and $156,000 bond, according to the DA’s office.