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Auto body employee busted for DWI

Police arrested an auto body shop worker after he reportedly drove a customer’s car while drunk. Police were called to West 29th Street at the corner of 10th Avenue because of reports of a drunk driver Saturday, June 3 at 11:50 p.m. When officers approached the car, they found the suspect slumped over the wheel with the keys in the ignition and the vehicle running. The car was facing eastbound on a westbound street and police said that the suspect had alcohol on his breath, as well as watery eyes and slurred speech. He reportedly tested .175 BAC on an Intoxilyzer. Police spoke with the car’s owner and found that she had brought it into Nacmias & Sons Auto Service on Coney Island to be fixed and had not given the suspect permission to drive it. When questioned, the suspect reportedly told police that he was just checking the car to see if it was running properly.

Hit-and-run driver sought

A taxi driver reported that his car was sideswiped in front of 440 West 22nd St. while he was waiting for a customer Saturday, June 3 at 4:18 a.m. He told police that he was double-parked in front of the location when a man sped by and hit his car on the back right side. The victim said that the driver then took off while the cab driver sped after him, chasing the car for about three blocks. Police said that the suspect finally stopped and came out of the car, asking where he hit the cab driver, but the driver said that the suspect was too drunk to hold a conversation. A second man then jumped out of the car that hit the taxi and reportedly said, “Chill, chill, I got this,” but both men got back into the car and fled. The cab driver attempted to pursue them again while on the phone with the police and he got a photo of the suspect’s license plate, but no arrests have been made.

Keyboard taken on West 39th

A 31-year-old man reported that he lost his musical keyboard when someone may have mistaken it for trash outside 408 West 39th St. Sunday, June 4 at 1:10 a.m. He told police that he left the $1,300 Roland keyboard leaning against a garbage pile while he went to go park his car. When he came back 15 minutes later, the keyboard was gone.

Man busted for drugs on Ninth Avenue

Police arrested a 55-year-old man for possession of drugs in front of 591 Ninth Ave. Friday, June 2 at 5:04 p.m. Police said that they recognized the suspect from a wanted poster and brought him inside the station at the bus terminal to be searched. When officers asked if he had anything sharp on him, the man reportedly told police that he had a crack pipe in his boot.

Man hit by car

A 59-year-old man reported that he was hit by a car at the northeast corner of 10th Avenue and West 42nd Street Thursday, June 1 at 11:45 a.m. He told police that he was hit by the minivan at the intersection and the vehicle then fled the scene by heading north on 10th Avenue. No arrests have been made and no major injuries were reported.

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