Police in New York have arrested two suspects in connection with a hit-and-run on an NYPD officer in Times Square over the weekend.
Dramatic footage from the hit-and-run emerged online a couple of days ago. It showed the driver of a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG doing burnouts through the center of Times Square and briefly being forced to stop at an intersection by an officer.
However, the driver decided to accelerate away, spinning the tires of the performance sedan as he clipped the officer, injuring his back, arms, right leg, and right hip.
Police have arrested 20-year-old Arfhy Santos and 24-year-old William Lopez in relation to the incident. Authorities believe Santos was driving.
Speaking to ABC 7 News, NYPD chief William Aubry said the driver and passenger were easily tracked down.
“He has a history. He did it just last week, Friday at 2 in the morning. He was in Upper Manhattan and did the same exact thing with the same vehicle on a sidewalk.”
The owner of the car, William Lopez, has three prior arrests. Meanwhile, Santos has previously been arrested no less than eight times. After fleeing the scene of the hit-and-run, both Santos and Lopez were arrested in an apartment while trying to escape out a window.
WANTED: Arfhy Santos (20 y/o) and William Lopez (24 y/o) in connection to leaving the scene of a vehicle collision/assault of a NYPD police officer on W. 42 St at 11:42pm on Jan. 13.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) January 17, 2018
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