Two suspects charged in Thruway pursuit ending in Town of Newburgh crash

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(photo: Bob McCormack)

TOWN OF NEWBURGH – State Police have arrested two of the four men who were in the SUV that sped away from troopers on the Thruway, circled around roads in the Town of Newburgh before slamming into another SUV and causing a four-car crash on Route 17K last Thursday morning, August 1.

All four occupants of the suspect vehicle are believed to be members of the “Felony Lane Gang” from Florida, which is responsible for several smash-and-grab larcenies and fraudulent ATM withdrawals associated with ID theft up and down the east coast.

Deonte Damon, 24, of Lauder Hill, Florida, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was injured and released from Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh on Friday. He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and was sent to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or bond.

The driver, Willie Cuyler, 26, of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, was also injured and released from St. Luke’s Hospital on Sunday and was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and several vehicle and traffic violations. He held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

Two other passengers in the suspects’ vehicle, Farrell Kam, 25, of Boca Raton, Florida and Darius Henry, 26, of North Lauder Hill, Florida, both remain hospitalized at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

The investigation is continuing.