6 injured when driver fleeing traffic stop slams into Staten Island home


STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, NY – Authorities said six people were injured when a driver trying to evade police slammed into a Staten Island home, reports the Staten Island Advance.

The incident started when police officers pulled over the driver of a 2007 Jeep Patriot after noticing a defective brake light. Police said the driver, identified as 38-year-old Michael Robles of Staten Island, drove away when officers tried to get him to exit his vehicle.

Robles struck another car and then crashed into a home on the 500 block of Van Duzer Street in the Stapleton section at about 3:36 a.m.

Six people in the home suffered minor injuries but declined medical treatment. The house was said to have sustained significant damage.

Robles was taken into custody following the crash and now faces numerous charges, including fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Sources were quoted as saying police recovered ecstasy and heroin from the suspect. The NYPD said Robles did not have a valid license and was driving an unregistered car.

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