Red Hook Pile Up – Cop Car Crash Trying To Stop Illegal Vehicle

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Two police officers were injured Sunday evening after they became involved in a chase with an alleged stolen vehicle on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, causing the police car to lose control and crash into two car and a rental truck. The thieves were nabbed nearby after a foot chase from the stolen car that had already hit three other vehicles before coming to a stop. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

RED HOOK – Two police officers were injured when they crashed their patrol car into three vehicles on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook Sunday evening after they tried to pull over a suspicious car, police officials said.

A police spokesman insisted there was “no chase involved” in the incident where the patrol car lost control and hit the three parked vehicles, and instead, just “the car refused to pull over.”

Two East Flatbush men were arrested after the incident in which the car they were driving, a Nissan, struck two vehicles on Coffey Street while trying to elude police.

Nissan involved in the hit-and-run sits very close to another parked car on Dikeman Street in which they only cracked the side mirror. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

The incident began at 5 p.m. when the officers from the 76th Precinct spotted the suspicious vehicle on Creamer Street and attempted to pull them over. The car kept going and turned right onto Dikeman Street and then left onto Van Brunt Street with the officers still in pursuit.

At that point, the patrol car lost control and struck a Honda Odyssey, bounced off into the opposite lane of traffic and hit a parked U-Haul truck and a Jeep Cherokee, knocking the truck onto the sidewalk.

One of the two men nabbed on Sullivan Street after they crashed a car into parked vehicles on Dikeman Street. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

Witnesses say one of the officers leaped from the vehicle with a fire extinguisher and stopped the smoking patrol car from going on fire. The Nissan made a left onto Dikeman Street where it then hit Jeep and a Volkswagen before coming to a stop mid-block, coming inches from striking yet another vehicle.

Ariel Derris views his car after it was hit by suspects on Dikeman Street. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

Ariel Derris, a resident of Dikeman Street said he was just doing clean-up around his home when he ran out and chased one of the two men and caught him nearby. “They hit my car, my neighbor’s car and another guys car, and when they stopped, they jumped out and tried to run,” he said.

“I chased and grabbed the guy with the black coat and grey hoodie, but when he put his hand in his pocket like he had a gun, I just let him go. I’m still beating myself up about that.”

One of the two men nabbed on Sullivan Street after they crashed a car into parked vehicles on Dikeman Street. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

John Martinez said they ran out when his wife said the Nissan was “parked too close to his car,” and then saw that the Nissan had come inches from destroying his vehicle, but instead, just cracked his side mirror.“It’s the usual that goes on around here, they are always stealing cars around here,” Martinez said. “I saw them jump out of the car and started running.”

The two men were chased by officers on foot and in patrol cars to Sullivan Street and Ferris Street near Atlantic Terminal where they were arrested by members of the Housing Police who joined in the hunt.

The injured officers were taken to Methodist Hospital with minor neck and back injuries. The two men arrested were identified as Jonathan Grant, 23, of East 93rdStreet in East Flatbush and Shawn Barrington, of Kings Highway.

Todd Maisel/Bklyner.

Grant was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and Barrington was hit with reckless endangerment, possession of stolen property, unlicensed operator, operating an unlicensed vehicle, a license plate violation, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to obey traffic control device.

Kevin Hoyman, a 5-year resident of Van Brunt Street, said he came down from his apartment and found his van had been struck by the police car and was up on the sidewalk.“

I had just come down because I left seltzer in the van, then I saw my van on the sidewalk,” Hoyman said. “I didn’t think the officer was injured because he was trying to put out the fire and radio for help.”

“It’s lucky cars were parked here, because otherwise, they would’ve shot off into the store,” Hoyman said.

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Todd Maisel
Todd Maisel is an award-winning photographer with more than 35-years, specializing in breaking news. He currently serves as vice president of the New York Press Photographers. He was honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Uniform Firefighters Association for saving the life of a firefighter he found in debris after the collapse of the World Trade Center, assisting in the rescue of an injured photographer, and for extensive coverage of the attack. Maisel is a graduate of NYU School of Journalism.
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  1. There was DEFINITELY a chase, and it was definitely dangerous. Tons of people on Van Brunt on a Sunday afternoon, we are lucky no one was killed. It was a scary scene and lots of residents are unhappy that the police were flying that fast down the street just to nap an old beat up stolen vehicle. Not worth the risk!

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