MIDTOWN EAST, Manhattan (PIX11) – Ten people were injured Tuesday when the driver of a stolen car tried to flee NYPD officers who tried to pull him over in Midtown East, authorities said.
The incident happened near East 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue around 5:30 p.m., according to the FDNY.
Carlos Cabrera, who works in the area, told PIX11 News he saw a marked patrol car with lights and sirens trying to pull over a red car. Cabrera said the driver hit the gas, swerved around a bus, hit a yellow cab, went up on the sidewalk, and made a U-Turn before crashing head-on into a ride-share driver.
Police said the red car was reported stolen from the Bronx on Monday and alerted a license plate reader on a patrol car on 45th and Second Avenue. The police officer turned their lights on at 43rd Street and Third Avenue to try to stop the driver.
“Initially, the vehicle started to pull over, and the officers continued to follow at a low rate of speed because of the heavy traffic,” Deputy Chief James Kehoe said at a news conference.
Police said the 20-year-old driver of the stolen car jumped out of the vehicle after the crash and ran. Good Samaritans held him until the police arrested him. He was taken in for a sobriety and drug test, according to the NYPD.
The driver did not have a license and has had previous arrests on loaded gun, robbery, and drug charges, according to officials.
A female passenger in the stolen car also ran away but was not caught.
At least 10 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, FDNY officials said.