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BY MARIA ROCHA-BUSCHEL

Man arrested after Lincoln Tunnel joyride

Police arrested a 26-year-old man after he took a stolen car for a joyride through the Lincoln Tunnel Friday, Feb. 3 at 5:35 p.m. Police said that the suspect used the car he was driving to ram into other vehicles to elude apprehension. At one point, he left the car and fled on foot through the Lincoln Tunnel’s south tube. Police said that he impeded vehicular traffic and ignored commands from police. The suspect, who was not otherwise identified was finally arrested at the southeast corner of Dyer Avenue and West 39th Street Police found a pipe with what they think was crack cocaine residue in the car, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

Fake cops arrested for restaurant damage

Police arrested two men criminal mischief inside HK Restaurant on Ninth Avenue Sunday, Feb. 5. Police said that the two men, aged 25 and 26, intentionally damaged an ATM, a wall, a glass staircase and eight chairs inside the restaurant, causing more than $1,500 in damage at about 5 p.m. that evening. The two men reportedly identified themselves as police officers when the restaurant manager attempted to prevent them from causing more damage. One of the suspects also lunged at the manager, causing him to cut his neck. The two men also refused to pay a restaurant bill of $81.54.

driver arrested ON dui, WEAPONS CHARGES

Police arrested a 27-year-old man for criminal possession of a weapon after he was pulled over during a traffic stop at the northeast corner of 11th Avenue and West 25th Street early on Saturday, Feb. 4. Police said that the suspect was driving west on West 26th Street with his headlights off and failed to signal when turning abruptly onto 11th Avenue. When police pulled him over at 3:45 a.m, he reportedly had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and watery eyes with dilated pupils. He also admitted to police that he had been drinking and there was an open container of vodka inside the car. A quantity of a controlled substance was also recovered from his vehicle and when he was searched, police found that he was in possession of a gravity knife. When he was given a Breathalyzer three hours later, he had a blood alcohol content of 0.049.

Phones stolen from coffee shop

A 58-year-old man reported that his two iPhones were stolen while he was inside the Bean at 318 Eighth Avenue Saturday morning, Feb. 4. He told police that he went into the coffee shop to download files from his phone but he fell asleep, and when he woke up, he noticed that the two phones had been taken from the table where he was sitting.

Taxi driver flees accident SCENE

A 26-year-old man reported that he was involved in an accident with a taxi that fled the scene while he was driving east on West 16th Street Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2:30 p.m. The victim told police that he was near the northeast corner of Ninth Avenue and West 16th Street when he was involved in an accident with the cab driver, but the driver fled east on West 16th Street without exchanging information with the victim.





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