Peter Guarneri is charged with assault on a police officer, felony assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property, aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine).
Guarneri was driving a stolen 1999 Ford Econoline van the wrong way across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge when police attempted to pull him over in Brooklyn.
He had been identified as a possible burglary suspect in Bay Ridge.
Guarneri crashed the stolen van into an unmarked police cruiser on the bridge just after 5 p.m. Monday.
Police block smoking white van, SI bound, caucasian male in early thirties, on Verrazano bridge. He turns and heads the wrong way back to Brooklyn. A crazy chase ensues as vehicles dodge the van. pic.twitter.com/ftr4MNX2mM— Francesco Portelos (@MrPortelos) August 27, 2018
He then allegedly jumped out and attempted to climb over a wall on the bridge, but was taken into custody.
He was first taken to Staten Island University Hospital for treatment before being moved to the 122nd Precinct on Staten Island.
He has eight prior arrests, including grand larceny, petit larceny, narcotics, burglary, and aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle.
A sergeant and an officer in the cruiser were taken to Staten Island University Hospital with minor injuries.
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