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After Chase, Queens Man Arrested for Alleged Thefts

Donald G. Gunter arrested in Williston Park after allegedly robbing New Hyde Park residents.

A Queens man was arrested early Wednesday morning after leading police on a chase through Herricks and Williston Park in a stolen luxury car that required aerial support and the use of a canine unit.

According to detectives, a 50 year old male victim observed the arrestee Donald G. Gunter, 19, of Jamaica, Queens shifting through items in the victim’s car that was parked in his driveway before fleeing in a 1999 BMW that was later determined to be stolen, heading towards Herricks.

With the homeowner in pursuit in his own car, Gunter then collided with a parked car and a tree and fled again on foot in the area of 201 Cromwell Ave.

Officers from the Officers were able to locate and arrest Gunter in Williston Park on Cushing Avenue at about 6:29 a.m. without incident using an aviation unit and canine support. No injuries were reported.

According to police, other victims on Nugent Street in New Hyde Park realized later that property had been removed from their cars and made reports to police. No victims reported any damage.

Gunter is charged with third degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, five counts of fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of attempted petit larceny, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, unlicensed operator and leaving an incident without making a report. He was arraigned on Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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