By Nicholas Rizzi and Wil Cruz
QUEENS — A cop involved in a wild chase in Laurelton Tuesday was struck by a Mercedes driven by a fleeing suspect — an incident eerily similar to one that unfolded in Brooklyn just hours beforehand, police said.
The suspect, Deighton Edwards, was driving a white Mercedes when cops in an unmarked car tried to pull him over for "suspicious activity" at 137th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard just after 12:30 p.m., police said.
Suddenly, the car sped off and cops gave chase.
The fleeing luxury vehicle then crashed into the back of a car parked in a driveway on Montauk Avenue and Nashville Boulevard several blocks away, witnesses said.
"The car ran up into the back of [my mom's] car," said Michele Bell, whose mother owns the house.
Edwards, 35, then threw the Mercedes into reverse, clipping a police officer in the leg, police said. Around the same time, a police officer fired a shot, they said.
"Officers came out and they fired one shot," said Troy Crossen, 46, who said he has lived in the neighborhood his whole life. "They got out and surrounded the car."
No one was hit, but police did not specify if the injured officer was the cop who fired the weapon, or if the shooting officer took was aiming at the suspect.
Cops took Edwards into custody a short time later, police said. He has not been charged.
Edwards has been arrested 24 times, a source said, for crimes ranging from assault to grand larceny to the attempted murder of a police officer in 2004.
The injured officer in Tuesday's chase was taken to North Shore Hospital for leg injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.