According to police, Edward Coghlan, 73, drove away after crashing his 2004 Lincoln sedan into a Subaru at a Wendy’s parking lot on Ocean Avenue early Wednesday afternoon.READ MORE: Conservation Work Done On Gay Liberation Monument In Christopher Park
The driver of the Subaru followed Coghlan, who continued south on Ocean Avenue.
Coghlan then crashed through a metal chain link fence and onto a field at Rhame Avenue Elementary School, police said.
Officials said dozens of students were on the field when it happened, but staff were able to get them all inside safely.READ MORE: New York's COVID State Of Emergency Set To Expire Thursday
Coghlan, police said, drove fast and erratically across the field and fled the scene.
Officers caught up with Coghlan and arrested him on West Boulevard.
The school released a statement saying in part, “All children are safe and no children were harmed. I commend and thank the swift actions of the Rhame Ave. staff who were present and took action to protect our students.. We are grateful for their actions. Any students who were outside and may have viewed this incident will be counseled and supported by our school staff and faculty. Thank you to the Fourth Precinct for their swift action in apprehending the individual.”MORE NEWS: 'Diaphragm Law' Banning NYPD Officers From Applying Pressure To Suspect's Torso Struck Down
Coghlan faces child endangerment and other charges in addition to DWI.