Dec. 21, 2017 By Tara Law
A 22-year-old man was arrested earlier this month after leading the police on a high-speed chase through Sunnyside and pointing a gun at an officer, according to court records.
Kevin Giraldo-Cuesta, 22, of Averne, allegedly smashed his BMW into a police cruiser after running a red light while making a hard-left turn from 39th Street onto Northern Boulevard at around 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 13, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
Giraldo-Cuesta, who was speeding, hit the front right bumper of the police cruiser. He then made a hasty U-Turn on Northern Boulevard and fled at a high rate of speed while being pursued by police.
Giraldo-Cuesta allegedly drove down several residential streets at around 80 mph in a 25 mph speed zone, police said. He made several turns at high speed and ran multiple stop signs until he got stuck in traffic, according to the District Attorney’s office.
When a police officer got out of his vehicle and approached his BMW, Giraldo-Cuesta pointed a gun at the officer through the front windshield, according to police.
Giraldo-Cuesta sped off again and abandoned the car on 41st street between 50th Avenue and Queens Midtown, police say.
Giraldo-Cuesta turned himself in to police at the 108 Precinct in Long Island City on Dec. 14 at 1 a.m.
He has been charged with menacing a police officer, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and multiple motor vehicle violations.
The police officer that was hit was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell and treated for neck and back pain, according to the NYPD.