- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A suspected carjacker accused of running down two police officers while fleeing a traffic stop was being held on $30 million bond following his arraignment Tuesday.

Chad Morizsan, 34, and a second man, Nicholas Franzone, 22, both of Northport, were arrested Monday following an intensive police search after authorities said fled a traffic stop by knocking down the two Suffolk County police officers.

Court-appointed attorneys for Morizsan and Franzone declined to comment following their arraignment in district court in Central Islip. Franzone was being held on $450,000 bond.

“While the judge has set extraordinary bail, it is certainly well deserved,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “He had warrants out for his arrest. He was on probation. He was fleeing two or three crime scenes, and he deserves to be in jail.”

One of the officers, Nicholas Guerrero, 36, was listed in critical but stable condition with severe head injuries at Stony Brook University Hospital, police said. His partner, Heriberto Lugo, was treated and released.

The officers stopped Morizsan and Franzone in Huntington on Monday afternoon. The pair was suspected of carjacking an SUV two days earlier and were stopped driving that vehicle. After they hit the officers and fled in the damaged SUV, the pair drove to Commack, where they forced a woman from her car and stole that vehicle, authorities said.

The suspects were later arrested at a department store in Central Islip, where authorities said they attempted to purchase a television with the woman’s stolen credit card.

Police Commissioner Edward Webber said Guerrero joined the department in 2010.

“He is a true professional,” Webber said. “Our thoughts are with him and his family and we pray for his full recovery.”

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