MEIERS CORNERS — A Staten Island man injured three police officers after leading them on a wild car chase on Saturday in Meiers Corners, cops said.
Clinton James, 33, of New Brighton, led police on a car chase after an officer and two detectives from the borough’s gang squad tried to stop his Toyota Corolla at around 1:15 p.m. on Manor Road, the NYPD said.
They were acting on a tip that James was carrying a weapon.
When they showed their shields, James fled the scene, pinning one officer against another vehicle in the process, police said.
Officers said they saw James reaching for a weapon, and they shot him in the chest.
James then sped off, hitting other vehicles in his path, before he crashed his car into a utility pole on Gansevoort Boulevard and North Gannon Avenue, police said. He then fled on foot and was arrested by members of the gang squad.
Police found a .44 caliber Taurus revolver in James’ vehicle.
James, who already had an extensive criminal record including robbery with a firearm, was transported to Richmond University Medical Center and is listed in stable condition, cops said.
He was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, possession of a loaded firearm, use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, driving with a suspended license, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and menacing a police officer, cops said.
The two detectives also received non-life threatening injuries during the incident, the NYPD said.