James Darrow, 49, of Medford, is also charged with robbing another bank in Farmingville a week prior to the West Islip robbery.
Darrow was involved in a high-speed police chase following a traffic stop in Islip on Sept. 1. Police say he was driving a stolen Kia at the time. Police called off the pursuit after it exceeded 100 mph and several cars were almost struck by the Kia, which eventually crashed into a Chevy Trailblazer in Deer Park.
Darrow was arrested on Sept. 5 at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash.
In addition to two charges of third degree robbery, he also
faces charges of unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless endangerment and
unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He is due back in court on October 31 in
relation to those charges.
Darrow was arraigned at the hospital on Sept. 6 and remains held on $100,000 bail after his grand jury indictment on Sept. 16.