When two cops stopped the minivan on 230th Place at Mentone Avenue in
Laurelton, the driver jumped out and ran.
Cops chased him for a block before catching up with him.
As the officers subdued the driver shortly after 3 p.m., the two female
passengers got out of the van, according to a witness.
One calmly walked past the cops, who had left the squad car's engine running
and the lights flashing. The other woman got into the police car, which was
parked behind the van, and sped off.
"She flew past the police and made a left turn," the witness said. "The cops
were not paying attention. They immediately got on the radio and called for
backup. You just don't expect this."
The cops had their prisoner, but no back seat to carry him. Witnesses said
the red-faced men in blue got on their radios to ask for backup. Additional
cops arrived within minutes. The joyride lasted about a half-mile.
The woman abandoned the car six minutes later on 145th Avenue at 223rd
Street near the Belt Parkway just as she found it, with the engine running
and the lights flashing.
It was left in the middle of the street with the driver's door wide open,
according to police. Nothing was taken.
Police are still looking for the women.