Ten cops injured trying to catch driver fleeing traffic stop in Brooklyn
It was a traffic molehill that quickly stacked up to a mountain of mishaps as law enforcement officers collared a slippery scofflaw who flauted regulations once too often.
By the time motorist Justin Valentine, 25, was corralled in Brooklyn Tuesday morning, 10 police officers, including an NYPD precinct commander, were injured.
“I am proud of the deputy sheriffs, who observed a small violation and realized it was connected to a larger matter that the sheriff''s office was investigating,” city Sheriff Joseph Fucito said, also thanking the NYPD for their handling of the incident.
The mayhem began when two city sheriff’s deputies pulled over a 2003 gray Honda for a broken taillight at Shepherd Ave. and Ridgewood Ave. in East New York about 8:45 a.m., police said.
They ran a check on the vehicle and realized it was wanted for seizure because it had $761 worth of unpaid traffic tickets, authorities said.
One of the struck vehicles happened to be driven by NYPD Captain Victoria Perry, commander of the 104th Precinct, who was on her way to work.
Valentine, who had one passenger in the case, fled the crash and drove seven blocks with both Perry and the sheriff’s deputies, Jose Marzon and Dominique Prophet, on his tail.
As law enforcement closed in on Chestnut St. and Jamaica Ave. and got out of their cars to apprehend Valentine, however, he ditched the vehicle and took off running. The deputies and Perry chased after him, but Perry had to stop because she hurt her back.
After he was finally taken into custody, Valentine was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal contempt, unauthorized use of a car, disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer and leaving the scene of an accident.
He’s currently being questioned in connection with other crimes, a law enforcement source said.