Suspect bites off part of NYPD officer's finger after car chase in wild Queens

NEW YORK — A Brooklyn man bit off the tip of an NYPD sergeant’s finger in a holding cell at a Queens police station after main officers on a wild automotive chase, cops mentioned Friday.

Police mentioned the chaos started Wednesday shortly earlier than midnight when officers in Jamaica observed a blue Nissan Altima with pretend license plates driving on Liberty Avenue close to Merrick Boulevard.

Police mentioned Lenny Rodriguez Cruz, 28, an East Flatbush resident, was behind the wheel and sped off when officers tried to cease him as a result of his out-of-state plates had been expired and registered to a distinct automobile.

Rodriguez-Cruz took off with the pursuing officers, flying down Liberty Avenue after which chopping by way of Rufus King Park in downtown Jamaica.

Police mentioned a number of individuals jumped out of the best way of his automotive as he sped by way of the park earlier than operating into visitors on Hillside Avenue.

The chase ended when Rodriguez-Cruz crashed into 4 automobiles, together with a police automotive, on Parsons Avenue close to the Grand Central Parkway service street.

The cops arrested him there, however the chaos continued within the holding cell within the 103rd Precinct.

There, cops say, “whereas within the station cells, the person (Rodriguez Cruz) started appearing erratically and bit off a part of the sergeant’s finger inflicting critical bodily damage.”

A photograph shared by a police supply exhibits the officer at Jamaica Hospital holding the injured finish of his left index finger.

Rodriguez Cruz was charged with driving underneath the affect, assault with intent to trigger mutilation or dismemberment, and different expenses.

He pleaded not responsible throughout arraignment Friday in Queens Legal Court docket, the place bail was set at $250,000 money or $350,000 surety.


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