Officer struck by wrong-way driver while guarding getaway car in unrelated robbery in Manhattan

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
NYPD officer hit by car on Upper East Side
Josh Einiger has the story.

UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- An NYPD officer was injured after being struck by a car during a wild situation that unfolded on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Wednesday.

The officer was struck near Park Avenue and East 71st Street by a wrong-way driver.

It started in the high rent Madison Avenue retail district when three suspects grabbed $10,000 worth of jackets from the Mackage clothing store on East 68th Street and Madison Avenue and then went on a wild ride through the Upper East Side in a Nissan, from which they bailed at East 72nd Street.

Eyewitness News obtained video as the suspects ran down East 71st Street with the stolen items, one of them trying to hide in a building vestibule.

While guarding the getaway car, NYPD officers saw a different, unrelated car driving the wrong way on Park Avenue from East 70th to East 71st streets.

While that car, a black Lexus, was stopped in traffic, one of the officers attempted to pull it over and stood in front of the car.

The driver then hit the gas and struck the officer. He was taken to the hospital with a broken leg and broken arm.

The female driver was taken into custody.

As for the store robbery, no arrests have been made.


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