By Danny Schrafel
A Northport man who ran down two Suffolk County police officers and critically injured a Second Precinct Police Officer last fall when he fled a Huntington traffic stop will be sentenced to 25 years in prison under a plea deal reached with prosecutors.
Chad Moriszan, 35, of Northport, pleaded guilty to assault, assault on a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, grand larceny and other charges, and waived his right to appeal, Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota said in a statement. He is set to be sentenced July 23.
Moriszan had faced a maximum sentence of 50 years if convicted at trial.
After the Sept. 22, 2014 incident, officer Nicholas Guerero was hospitalized with a severe head injury for more than three weeks. His partner, Officer Heriberto Lugo was treated and released.
Guerrero and his partner attempted to stop Morizsan and Nicholas Franzone, 23, of Northport, who officials said were in a stolen SUV in Huntington on Partridge Lane. Morizsan sped off, hitting the two police officers and critically injuring Officer Guerrero. According to police, Morizsan was driving a 2014 Ford Explorer that had been stolen two days earlier.
After hitting Guerrero, Moriszan drove toward Commack, where, on Dovecote Lane, he carjacked a 2005 Toyota Camry from an 87-year-old Commack resident, Spota said.
Police arrested Morizsan and Franzone at a department store in Central Islip a couple of hours later when they attempted to purchase a television with the woman's stolen credit card.
Franzone is scheduled to appear in court before State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho on July 14.
Guerrero, who emerged from critical injuries and a medically-induced coma, continues on the road to recovery. He was on hand March 15 when another Second Precinct officer, Mark Collins, was released from Stony Brook University Medical Center after being shot in the line of duty in Huntington Station. Guerrero was promoted to detective at the end of March.