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driver arrested after accident

Police arrested a 47-year-old man for leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury and intoxicated driving in front of on West 37th Street late on Saturday, March 17. Police arrived at the scene just before midnight and found a man behind the wheel of his car with the engine running and bloodshot, watery eyes with an odor of alcohol on his breath, according to the NYPD account. A 59-year-old man told police that the suspect hit his vehicle and attempted to drive away but the victim chased him down and blocked his car until officers arrived. The victim complained of head and neck pain and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Police said that the suspect blew a .75 on a Breathalyzer, while the legal limit is .08.

Car broken into at auto shop

A man reported that his car was vandalized and broken into while it was being serviced at Quality Auto Services at 516 West 39th Street in February. The victim told police that while his 2003 Mercedes Benz was in the shop, $50 in quarters were taken and the work he needed done on the car hadn’t been completed. He said that the key mechanism in the car no longer worked and there was a hole made inside the vehicle. The victim reported the incident to police on March 16. He had dropped off the car at the shop on Thursday, February 1.

Man arrested with boxcutter

Police arrested a 45-year-old man for criminal possession of a weapon in front of Artichoke Pizza at 114 10th Avenue on Sunday, March 18 at 4 a.m. The 23-year-old victim told police that he was outside the pizzeria with two of his friends when he got into an argument with the suspect, who ultimately pulled out a boxcutter and waved it around at the victim, saying, “I’m going to cut you.” Police said that the suspect was in possession of a boxcutter when he was arrested. No injuries were reported.

Drivers sideswiped in Hell’s Kitchen

Two drivers reported they were sideswiped by buses in separate incidents on Friday, March 16. In the first incident, a motorist reported that his car was hit by a bus while he was driving at West 41st Street and 10th Avenue at 10:40 a.m. He told police that he was driving when a purple bus was changing lanes and struck his vehicle, causing damage to the front fender. The victim said that the driver didn’t stop and left the scene without exchanging information. Later that day, a driver reported that he was sideswiped while driving at the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 42nd Street at 2 p.m. He told police that he was heading south on Ninth Avenue when a bus with New Jersey license plates sideswiped his car and left the scene.

Man arrested for stolen phone

Police arrested a 21-year-old man for petit larceny inside the subway station at 14th Street and 8th Avenue on Sunday, March 18 at 4 a.m. Police said that the suspect removed property from the station that he knew belonged to someone else. The victim was reportedly sleeping in the station but when he got up and left, forgot his phone on the platform bench. Police said that the suspect had an opportunity to bring the phone to MTA personnel or the police but later told officers, “I knew it was his phone but once he left, I took it.”

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