A fraud suspect accused police of taking his car for a joy ride around Manhattan while he was in NYPD’s custody.
Rashad Lewis, 25, declared that the person who took his car from a police impound lot in Queens not only took a $50 ticket for flying through a red light, but also left his $50,000 Mercedes-Benz 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.”
NYPD records indeed show the car in good condition at 1:23 a.m. on Aug. 4th, but about 13 hours later a traffic camera snapped a photo of the Mercedes running a red light on the 12th Avenue and West 34th Street at 2:12 p.m. At this time Rashad Lewis was still in custody and his car was supposedly in the hands of the NYPD.
It is not known if the joy rider was a police officer or a civilian NYPD employee. The police refused to make official comments. A police source said that Lewis had no complaints when he took his car back from Springfield Gardens Auto Pound in Queens. Lewis was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument after the police found 13 bogus credit cards in his cars. He was released on bail after a week.