Drunk-driver flees scene after crashing into Staten Island residential building: police

STATEN ISLAND — Police are looking for a drunk-driver who allegedly crashed his car into a Staten Island residential building early Monday morning.

Citizen app video captured the early morning scene, after a drunk-driver allegedly crashed his car into a building.

Police say the driver rammed into a Jewett Avenue building in Port Richmond shortly after 2 a.m. The man allegedly got out of his car after crashing and ran away.

The passenger in the red pick-up truck then allegedly got into the drivers seat and drove away from the scene, ultimately crashing into a nearby parked car. He has been charged with a DUI.

Police are still searching for the original driver.

The Department of Buildings was called to the scene and determined damaged was contained to the front porch area on the first floor. Officials also noted illegal apartments in the attic and cellar that “did not have adequate means of egress.”

The DOB issued a partial vacate order to those affected by the damaged front porch area, as well as the illegal units. Officials say tenants living on the first and second floor of the building were not affected.

The building’s owner was issued a violations ticket for “illegal construction of the apartments in the attic and cellar without a permit, failure to provide tenants with adequate egress, and occupancy of the building contrary to the legal certificate of occupancy.”

The American Red Cross will be assisting vacated tenants.

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