Police Take Car On Joy Ride
While a fraud suspect whose Mercedes convertible was seized by cops rotted in a jail cell, an NYPD employee jumped behind the wheel of the sexy sports car and took it on a wild joy ride around Manhattan.
Rashad Lewis, 25, claims that whoever busted his car out of a police impound lot in Queens added insult to injury by not only racking up a $50 ticket for flying through a red light but also left the $50,000 car a lot worse for wear.
“My back window was broken, my driver’s-side door was keyed, and my bumper was scratched up,” the college student said. “They were driving my car with the windows down and having a ball joy riding my vehicle.”
His story is backed up by NYPD records obtained by The Post that show police vouchered Lewis’ Mercedes-Benz in “good” condition at 1:23 a.m. on Aug. 4.
About 13 hours later, a traffic camera snapped a photo of the car running a red light on 12th Avenue and West 34th Street at 2:12 p.m. while its owner was still in custody and the car officially in the hands of the NYPD.