NEW YORK – Authorities have placed a police officer on desk duty after he shot at a car during a wild four-mile chase onto a Manhattan highway, according to reports.
A leading newspaper has reported that on Thursday, a BMW rammed a police vehicle following an officer made an attempt to pull it over for a tinted windows violation at 96th Street and Second Avenue. The chase began when the police officer stopped the car at 15th Street, but the driver reversed the car and struck one of the officers on the scene. The newspaper has reported that the driver of the BMW was a 23-year-old woman who after hitting the officer sped onto the FDR Drive with police firing shots.
As per the police department guidelines, officers can only shoot at vehicles if there is an immediate danger to the surrounding on the crime scene.
Local sources following the incident have reported that the officers carried out the investigation in the case and later discovered the suspected vehicle in the East Village. The vehicle, BMW was abandoned by the driver in the village, the sources added.
The officer that was injured in the incident has been treated for minor injuries, whereas the officials later arrested the driver of the BMW car, Veronica Jagdeo. There have been reports that Veronica’s boyfriend was also in the car at the time of the chase.
Following the incident, the authorities shut down the area for hours overnight, and police swarmed the Lillian Wald housing complex looking for suspects. While officials were busy with their investigations, many residents were watching the activities from their apartment windows.
Authorities, on the other hand, shut down the FDR Drive for miles, but later the area was reopened by the officials for the morning rush hour, according to reports.