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Driver With Fake Police Parking Permit Runs Over Officer's Foot, Cops Say

By Andrea Swalec | September 13, 2013 8:23am
 Driver Jack Ryger used a phony police parking pass and then ran over a cop's foot, police said.
Fake Police Parking Pass Used by Driver Who Hit Cop, Police Say
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MANHATTAN —  An NYPD officer was hurt when a driver with a fake police parking permit crushed his foot with his car in Greenwich Village, cops said.

A 6th Precinct officer noticed about 6:30 p.m. Saturday that a car parked in an NYPD spot outside the Police Athletic League building on East 12th Street near University Place had an unusual placard displayed on its dashboard.

The notice said "BNTF Task Force of New York Police Department," but it appeared to be fake, according to the criminal complaint.

When the officer confronted the driver about the bogus badge, the man ran over the cop's foot, leaving him with cuts and bruising, police said.

Jack Ryger, 56, was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault and possession of a forged instrument, plus a violation for harassment, court records show.

Information on his lawyer was not immediately available, and calls to Ryger's home went unreturned.

Ryger was released and is due in court Oct. 29.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter for the 6th Precinct include:

► A man was arrested outside the jazz club Fat Cat early Saturday morning after he pulled a knife on a man during an argument, police said.

Sekou Salaam, 47, fought with a 23-year-old man outside the 75 Christopher St. bar, in the West Village, Saturday about 6 a.m., police said. During the dispute, he pulled a knife from his pants pocket, cops said.

When Salaam was arrested, he was found with a substance believed to be cocaine, police said.

He was arraigned Saturday and held on $750 bail. He faces four misdemeanor charges for criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

► Police pulled over a woman driving a 2011 BMW late Friday night only to find she had a suspended license and had racked up more than a dozen tickets, police said.

An officer spotted the driver of the BMW changing lanes without signaling at West 12th Street and Hudson Street, in the West Village, about midnight Friday.

When pulled over, the woman gave the officer a state identification card and said she did not have her license with her. The officer checked the driver's name and saw she her driving privileges had been revoked after she had received 13 tickets.

Soraya Garib, a 31-year-old Queens resident, was arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without a license, court records show.

Garib was released and is due in court Dec. 12.

Reached by phone on Wednesday, Garib admitted to driving with a suspended license and said she would face the charges.