GREENBURGH, N.Y. – An Elmsford man faces many charges after leading police on a car chase that wound across a sidewalk and past a crowded playground, Greenburgh police said.
Officers attempted to pull over Eric Lewis, 34, just before 6:30 p.m. June 5, police said. Lewis, who was driving a red Honda Civic, had known drug offenses in the past and officers knew he had an expired license, police said.
Lewis allegedly sped down Winthrop Avenue into oncoming traffic, drove onto the sidewalk next to a playground where many children were playing and caused several pedestrians to flee to avoid being hit by his vehicle, police say.
After a short pursuit, Lewis stopped on North Evarts Avenue and fled on foot into a wooded area, dropping a bag of marijuana along the way, police said. He was arrested trying to scale a fence on North Lawn Avenue, police say.
Police said they found a gravity knife in pocket and a dagger in the car's glove compartment. Lewis was held pending arraignment in Greenburgh Town Court.
Lewis was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony; second-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, as well as several traffic violations.
The passenger, Lamar Long-Branch, 34, of Elmsford, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and released on $100 bond.
The following items were also reported by Greenburgh Police:
• Jeremy Beamon, 26, of Carmel, and Jerone Forte, 28, of White Plains, were allegedly found to be in possession of several baggies of cocaine after a traffic stop on Winthrop Avenue on Friday, June 8 police said. Both were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, police said.
• A man allegedly exposed himself to a woman Friday, June 1, in a parking lot along Tarrytown Road. The woman was leaving a store just after 2 p.m. when she saw a man parked in a blue Nissan Xterra who was masturbating, police said. Police were searching for the man, who allegedly he lifted himself up in an effort to expose himself to her.
• After an investigation into the delivery of a handgun, police charged Anthony Villalobos, 17; Devan Constance, 18; and Hector Villalobos, 24, all of Sleepy Hollow, with second-degree criminal possession of a loaded firearm, a felony, on Wednesday, June 6.
• After a traffic stop on Manhattan Avenue, police charged Smajl Raci, 22, of Scarsdale, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, on Thursday, June 7.
• Police were searching for a pair of suspects who paid for preloaded gift cards, one for $400 and another for $395, with eight counterfeit $100 bills Wednesday, June 6, at a CVS Pharmacy on Knollwood Road.