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The high−speed car chase through the streets of Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay reminded some law enforcement agents of a scene out of the TV show “Cops.”
It also resulted in the arrest of the speeder and “Cop of the Month” awards for the two police officers who gave chase and made the collar.
The incident unfolded at about 4 p.m. March 13, when 60th Precinct Police Officers Vinchenzo Quinzi and Joseph Flynn observed a motorist driving while talking on his cell phone.
The two ordered the driver to pull over on Cropsey Avenue near Bay 15th Street, but the request went undeeded. The duo took off with Quinzi behind the squad car wheel in hot pursuit.
The crimebusters followed the motorist as he ran through red lights and over median strips, turning left on Neptune Avenue and driving at up to 80 miles per hour.
“When we got up to West 5th street we actually thought we had him, but he came towards us and drove in the opposite direction,” recalled Quinzi.
Quinzi and Flynn said that the driver ran a red light on Ocean Parkway and narrowly averting a disaster, which forced him to slow down. This enabled the two cops to get his full license plate number.
The perpetrator then crossed into the jurisdiction of the 61st Precinct and Sheepshead Bay, with the cops still on his tail.
Finally, after the driver jumped several other road dividers and sped on Emmons Avenue, command police called the cops off the chase for safety reasons.
From there, Quinzi and Flynn went to the address under which the car was registered. They found that the auto belonged to an elderly man, who allowed his caretaker to use the car for local errands.
Allegedly, the caretaker’s husband took the vehicle without anybody’s permission. The man, a known burglar with a suspended license, apparently took the car in order to go buy drugs on Cropsey Avenue, police said.
After learning the driver’s address, Quinzi and Flynn went to the man’s home and arrested him without incident.
Quinzi is from Bensonhurst and has been a cop for a little more than four years.
“I’ve always wanted to do it [be a cop] since I was a kid,” he said. “I always wanted to help people out and couldn’t ask for a better job.”
Flynn has been a police officer for the five years, and joins his father, a retired detective, and brother, a housing police sergeant in the law enforcement field.
©2009 Community Newspaper Group
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