Two NYPD cops injured when disturbed driver attempts to flee


Two NYPD officers were injured in Queens Saturday when an agitated man they were trying to help tore away in his vehicle, taking both of them with him, and then hitting a squad car with two other cops inside, police said.

Cops responded to an address on 71st Avenue near Parsons Boulevard in Kew Gardens Hills after a woman called 911 and said her fiancé was suicidal, according to the NYPD.

Officers arrived around 6:30 p.m. to find the emotionally disturbed man sitting in his car in front of his home, police said.

When two of the cops tried to coax him out of the vehicle, Webster Joseph, 28, allegedly slammed on the gas and dragged the cops, before crashing into a parked marked squad car with two other officers inside, officials said.

Joseph then allegedly fled the scene of the crash and was arrested a short time later on 110th Street and 67th Avenue in Forrest Hills, according to police.

He was given a psychiatric evaluation and charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident with injury and reckless endangerment, cops said.

The injured officers were taken to North Shore Hospital to be treated, and are expected to recover. It doesn’t appear that the cops sitting in the squad car were hurt, though police said the vehicle was damaged in the crash.

The disturbed man had taken undisclosed pills, sources told The Post.