A Freeport man has been arrested for allegedly leading a New York State Trooper on a chase that ended when the suspect crashed his vehicle in South Hempstead this week, police said.

Lawrence Brown was pulled over for weaving in and out of traffic while driving a Hyundai on the Southern State Parkway but fled while the trooper was approaching his vehicle to interview the suspect at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

The 31-year-old suspect got off at exit 20 for Grand Avenue, where he crashed into a tree, got out of his vehicle and ran away, police said. Troopers found him hiding in the bushes nearby, police said.

Troopers found three grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a forged Visa debit card in the vehicle, police said.

Brown was charged with possession of a forged instrument, possession of a controlled substance, fleeing a police officer and traffic violations.

He will arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.

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