NYPD: Driver in custody for throwing chemical substance at officer's face during East Flatbush traffic stop
Police say a 44-year-old man is in custody for throwing a chemical substance at an officer during a traffic stop in East Flatbush Saturday morning.
According to detectives, officers stopped the driver for running a red light. They say he was driving a grey 2000 Lincoln Town Car just before 8 a.m. at Clarendon Road and East 45th Street.
When one of the officers approached, they say the suspect threw a liquid chemical substance in the officer’s face before he fled the scene.
The officers requested additional units to the scene.
Police say responding officers in a patrol car pulled over the suspect on Synder Avenue before he stepped out of the vehicle with a Molotov cocktail and threw it at their vehicle. The Molotov cocktail bounced off the windshield and shattered on the street.
They say he got back into his car and continued westbound on Synder Avenue before he collided with a parked and unoccupied SUV.
Multiple police cars then circled the suspect's car, then removed him from the vehicle without incident.
Charges for the suspect are now pending.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea also Tweeted that it's time to come together now more than ever, after this incident and a recent incident involving graffiti that read "kill cops".
Meantime, police say the officer who had the substance thrown at them was taken to a hospital where he is in stable condition, with injuries to his face and blurred vision.