11:44 AM, Aug 28, 2012
Written by Khurram Saeed
RAMAPO — A drunken 23-year-old New Square man stole a garbage truck early Tuesday morning and hit an empty school bus, police said.
Chaim Surkis was arrested shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after police received a report that the garbage truck struck the bus, which was parked in front of 766 N. Main St. (Route 45) in New Square. While police were at the scene, they said they received another report that the truck was stuck on the lawn of 44 Sandy Brook Drive in neighboring New Hempstead, where Surkis was taken into custody. Police said in a press release he tried to kick out the window of the police cruiser.
Surkis was charged with two felonies: second-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
He was also charged with three misdemeanors: two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief; attempted fourth-degree criminal mischief; driving while intoxicated; and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
Surkis also had an outstanding warrant in Ramapo and was arrested on that.
He is currently awaiting arraignment at the Ramapo police headquarters.
About a dozen Hillcrest firefighters helped contain a hydraulic fluid leak from the garbage truck, Hillcrest fire chief Lloyd Hovelmann said.
More than 100 pounds of absorbent material was used to collect the fluid that was seeping out of a 50-gallon storage tank in front of the house, he said.
Rockland Paramedics and Spring Hill Ambulance also assisted.
Last December, Surkis’ younger brother, 17-year-old Pinches, was arrested by Ramapo police, accused of robbing two women and trying to sexually abuse one of them. Both of the women were Hispanic and worked as house cleaners.
Pinches Surkis drove a woman to Wesley Hills Park on Willow Tree Road on Nov. 10 and tried to have her perform oral sex, police said. When she refused, he forcibly took her pocketbook, stealing her cellphone. She left the car, and he drove off.
On Dec. 20, Surkis picked up a 32-year-old woman walking on Maple Avenue near Monsey Boulevard, police said. As he drove her around, he solicited sex from her and when she refused, he grabbed her pocketbook, police said. She was able to get out of the car on Hempstead Road at Brick Church Road.
Staff writer Steve Lieberman also contributed information to this article.
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