Boro man hits cop with car, breaks his legs: DA

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FLUSHING — A 26-year-old Flushing resident was sentenced to 10 years in prison Nov. 9 for hitting an on-duty police officer with his car and breaking both of the officer’s legs, the Queens district attorney’s office said.

Martin Garcia, of 35th Avenue, pleaded guilty to assault in July for injuring Detective Cleland Francis, who has since returned to work on limited duty, the DA said.

Garcia had attacked the officer Dec. 10 after conducting a sale of nine bags of marijuana placed through a woman to an undercover officer, the DA said. The sale was carried out at 147th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, the DA said.

After the sale was completed, the undercover officer left Garcia’s car and signaled a team to arrest Garcia, the DA said.

Despite being ordered to stop by Francis and two other officers, Garcia reversed 5 feet, then drove forward, jumping the curb forward on the sidewalk and running over Francis, the DA said.

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