QUEENS, N.Y. (WABC) — A man is in custody after a wild police chase in Queens in which a car jumped a curb and hit a woman before crashing into a fruit stand and a parked car.
Law enforcement sources told Eyewitness News that the New York DEA on Monday assisted the New York State Police in an ongoing drug and gun investigation.
They say state police began a pursuit of a white Mercedes-Benz through Queens that struck a woman near 30th Avenue and 33rd Street, crashed into a fruit stand and then ended up crashing into a parked red minivan in Woodside.
The car was caught on surveillance video when it jumped onto the sidewalk and removed the parking meter, Plexiglas door and groceries. He came so fast that the woman approaching the corner of 33rd Street had no chance to get out of the way.
Fortunately, a few minutes before, another woman had a chance to get out of the way.
A few minutes earlier, another woman had a chance. Video of her spotting a car on the sidewalk and moving quickly as it flies by…and her reaction when he hits a woman on the corner.
Store manager Ahmad Fayed was seen running out to help the injured woman. He then sees the car that hit her, pulls out his phone to call 911, and sees other cars giving chase.
“I see undercover cars following him, two, three cars,” he said. “They flew up to the block. But the guy quickly went crazy.”
While waiting for an ambulance, the injured woman was assisted by hospital staff.
“She was conscious, that’s good, she was responding well to me,” said EMT Augustine Lardet.
The victim is expected to recover.
Workers put up plywood at the 24-hour grocery store Monday night after clearing debris from the driveway. Union Brothers Fruit Market has been around for 50 years.
Tom Kurkomelis is one of the founding brothers.
“What I saw today was really something I’ve never seen in my life,” he said. “I see a car in front of me going 90 miles an hour.”
Union Brothers would like to know who the driver was and why he was so reckless with pedestrians.
“He did do a lot of damage, but I’m saying that’s not the problem. The problem is with the lady,” said Faid.
Police took the suspect into custody and were able to recover two weapons and fentanyl pills from inside his vehicle.
The suspect has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation.
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