FOREST HILLS — After an intoxicated man struck a police cruiser last week, officers caught up when he veered off the road and his car burst into flames, according to documents from the Queens district attorney’s office.
On Dec. 4, an officer saw 50-year-old Johnny Fermin, of 86-11 117th St. in South Richmond Hill, ram into the back of his squad car at around 3:45 p.m., breaking a tail light and cracking the bumper near the corner of the Grand Central Parkway and the Long Island Expressway, the DA said.
When the officer instructed Fermin to pull over, the man instead sped off in his red 2000 Mercury Villager, the DA said.
The officer then responded to a call of another accident involving Fermin, the DA said.
When the officer arrived, he found Fermin’s car off the road, engulfed in flames, the DA said.
A passenger was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for fractured ribs and internal bleeding, according to the DA.
Fermin was charged with vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and DUI, the DA said.
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