NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A tip sent police on a wild chase from Staten Island to Brooklyn, where the nearly eight-mile pursuit ended in a crash.
Just before 6 a.m. surveillance video shows a black car speeding down 65th Street near Tenth Avenue in Brooklyn, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported. Another car hit it broadside in the intersection, but it keeps going. Moments later police follow, then the car they were after spins out and crashes into a parked car, ending the 8-mile pursuit.
“A bang– a very, very big bang,” neighbor Lena Spano said.
Moments later, cell phone video captured police talking to one woman who had been inside, after authorities said five men tried to run from the car. Three of the men are now in custody.
“We just looked out the window and saw the girl in handcuffs and police everywhere,” neighbor Ewa Stefak said.
The woman told police she had met up with one of the men earlier that night. She fell asleep and awoke surrounded by five men threatening her at gunpoint who then put her inside the car.
Investigators believe the car may have started the night in East New York and made its way to Staten Island, when they say the woman inside started messaging her family to say she feared for her life, gave a description of the car and they called police.
It’s unclear if that car was stolen. One gun was recovered from inside.
“Thank God I wasn’t there,” cab driver Marco Makkar said.
It was Makkar’s parked livery cab that was hit. He predicts the damage puts him out of work for at least three weeks.
“I’m not gonna make money… I’m losing money, I don’t know what I’m gonna do, I really don’t,” he said.
He isn’t the only one concerned. After a crash that woke the community, those in Dyker Heights are watching their step today.
“I always leave after 7 to work so if it was an hour later that would be really scary,” Stefak said.
Investigators are still trying to sort out the chain of events, as they say those being questioned are providing conflicting statements.