A man in New York City has been charged with reckless endangerment after he chased a bike thief in his van and rammed him in an incident that also saw a pedestrian hospitalised.
The shocking incident, which happened in Midtown Manhattan's Hell’s Kitchen district, was caught on by a CCTV camera with a WABC-TV News journalist sharing the footage on Twitter.
Witnesses say a man stole a bicycle from a guy who then drove his van against traffic on 50th Street, hit him & a bystander at 9th Ave. pic.twitter.com/czquKVn4z9
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) October 15, 2017
Local resident James Mansfield, 47, had been loading what the New York Daily News said police had described as “a high-end bike” into his van when the opportunistic thief grabbed it and rode it away, against the flow of traffic, on 50th Street.
Mansfield gave pursuit in his van, also heading in the wrong direction on the one-way street and crashed into the rear of the bike at the intersection with 9th Avenue.
A 31-year-old male pedestrian was also hurt in the collision and was treated in hospital for cuts on his head.
Mansfield jumped out of the van and according to eyewitnesses started punching the would-be thief, who managed to get free and fled the scene.
The New York Police Department said that Mansfield had been arrested for reckless endangerment following the incident yesterday afternoon.
Meanwhile, his bike was reported to have been totally destroyed when he crashed into it with his van.
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