15 parked cars damaged in police chase

At least three officers hurt
February 20, 2008 3:52:09 PM PST
A police cruiser and a driver avoiding a traffic stop smashed into about 15 parked cars in a series of collisions on a block in the East New York section of Brooklyn Wednesday morning.Eyewitness News is told the loud crashes woke up the residents on Miller Avenue near Belmont Avenues -- and sent them scurrying to find cracked-up cars and car parts strewn in the street

According to reports the officers were attempting to pull over 28-year-old Albert Caban, who was cruising his neighborhood without his headlights on just before 2:30 a.m.

Police say Caban refused to pull over and lost control, smashing into 13 parked cars. The crashes created a severe oil slick and left a trail of car parts strewn in the street.

The police cruiser lost control on the oil slick road and rear-ended Caban's car. His vehicle then hit another car, while the police cruiser crashed into yet another vehicle, Eyewitness News is told.

Caban was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of marijuana.

Officials say two police officers and a civilian observer in the police cruiser were rushed to Jamaica Hospital for neck and back injuries.

One of the two police officers, assigned to the 75th Precinct, was admitted for observation, while the other was to be treated and released. A third person, a female civilian participating in a ride along program, was also to be treated and released.

Eyewitness News has learned owners of the approximately 15 cars damaged awoke to the noise. Some of the vehicles were totaled and had to be towed away.

One resident described the crash and ensuing police activity as a war zone or something from a movie.