Police car chase of Bethpage man wanted for killing wife leads to fiery crash in Brooklyn

EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn — A man wanted for the slaying of his wife led police on a chase from Long Island to Brooklyn before crashing his vehicle into a gas station early Friday, according to authorities.

Police investigate the fatal stabbing of a woman in Bethpage on Nov. 4, 2016. (PIX11)

Police investigate the fatal stabbing of a woman in Bethpage on Nov. 4, 2016. (PIX11)

While fleeing from Nassau County and NY state troopers, the driver, 44, crashed his vehicle into a Citgo gas pump at Pennsylvania and Flatlands Avenues around 12:40 a.m., police said.

The chase began in Bethpage after officers, responding to an assault at a home on Seitz Drive, discovered a 41-year-old woman stabbed multiple times and dead at the residence, according to Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun of Nassau PD.

The man's 16-year-old daughter, who is now in a local hospital, was also found with defensive stab wounds to her arms and hands, Lebrun said. His 12-year-old son made the distressing 911 call, alerting police who then spotted his Hyundai Senata traveling westbound on the Southern State Parkway.

The mother was stabbed in a bedroom when the children interrupted the attack, police said.

The man fled and authorities followed him until East New York, where he crashed into a car and gas pump, Lebrun said. He exited the burning vehicle and allegedly charged at police officers, who then had to subdue him amid flames.

PIX11 viewer video shows a huge cloud of smoke emerging from a nearby as well as a more than a dozen police cars stationed in the vicinity.

The individual, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital in serious condition with stab wounds to his neck and wrist.

There were no other passengers in the car, police said.

Several officers were hospitalized with smoke inhalation, laceration to head and sprained wrist, Lebrun said.

The family of the alleged killer is well-known in the community, according to Lebrun. He said police were called to their home once before in March for a verbal altercation between the man and his son.