Gunfire, wild car chase in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) – A man fleeing a traffic stop was arrested Saturday morning after a wild ride along the FDR Drive, where a pursuing officer shot at the car in an attempt to stop the vehicle as it drove into oncoming traffic, police said.

The unidentified driver was arrested at about 11:30 a.m. when he finally crashed into a police car after a chase of more than 100 blocks up and down the East Side of Manhattan, police spokesman Officer Martin Speechley said.

According to Speechley, the incident began when the driver started weaving through a group of motorcycles riding in formation across the Triborough Bridge. When police tried to stop the car, its driver instead took off down the FDR Drive.

When the driver reached East 44th Street, he stopped the car and officers approached – only to watch the suspect make a quick U-turn and head north in the southbound lanes, police said. One officer fired at the fleeing vehicle, which stopped 1½ miles later after colliding with a police department highway patrol car near 74th Street.

“During the incident, some rounds were fired by police, striking no one,” Speechley said. “There were no injuries.”

The driver, a 24-year-old man, was taken into custody without further incident. Investigators were still determining what charges would be filed against him.

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