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Drunk Driver Crashes Into Parked Police Car on W. Side Highway, Police Say

 Police said a drunk driver crashed into a pulled-over police car in Greenwich Village while the police car's rooftop lights were on and flashing.
Police said a drunk driver crashed into a pulled-over police car in Greenwich Village while the police car's rooftop lights were on and flashing.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — A drunk driver in Greenwich Village crashed into a parked police car on the West Side Highway that had its rooftop lights flashing, police said.

Sam Bai, 50, was driving on West Street between Bethune and West 12th streets at 10:20 p.m. on Jan. 10 when he slammed into the marked police car that was pulled over on the side of the road, police said. The police officer had just pulled over a different car.

The impact pushed the police car into the car that had been pulled over, the officer at the scene said in court documents.

The police officer said Bai's eyes were watery and bloodshot, his face was flushed and there was alcohol on his breath. When Bai got out of the car, he was "unsteady on his feet," according to the criminal complaint.

Bai blew a .07 on a breathalyzer, the NYPD said.

He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

There was no record of any injuries in the crash, officials said.

His Legal Aid attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

Other notable crimes in the 6th Precinct include:

► Matthew Jacobs, 24, was found with a knife after police stopped him for jumping the turnstile at the Sixth Avenue and 14th Street subway station on Jan. 8, police said.

Jacobs attempted to fend off the officer who stopped him by "flailing and waving his arms in a violent and tumultuous manner," police said, but the officer was able to subdue and cuff him.

While patting him down, police discovered a knife at his right ankle. He was charged with fare evasion and weapons possession, police said.

► Jason Byoun and Gabriel Barbosa, both 20, were arrested at 1:25 a.m. on Jan. 9 when an officer spotted Byoun spray-painting graffiti on a residential building at 19 Minetta Lane, police said.

Byoun admitted to the officer that he did not have permission to paint the building, police said. The officer confiscated a marker, paint-stained gloves, a can of spray paint and three spray nozzles from Byoun.

The officer said Barbosa was posted across the street, acting as a lookout. Barbosa was found with two cans of spraypaint and two nozzles, police said.

Barbosa and Byoun were charged with criminal mischief, graffiti and possession of graffiti instruments, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Neither Byoun's private attorney nor Barbosa's Legal Aid attorney returned calls for comment.

► Brian Oliva and Alexis Pastor, both 23, were arrested for smoking a joint outside 505 LaGuardia Place at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 10. When police searched Oliva, they found an illegal gravity knife, officials said.

Pastor was charged with criminal possession of marijuana, authorities said. Oliva was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said.

► Police stopped Keita Ousmane, 38, when he failed to signal while making a right turn at the southwest corner of Washington Street and Little West 12th Street at 11:50 p.m. on Jan. 10, the NYPD said.

He was arrested after he gave officers a counterfeit Texas driver's license. Police said he also had two suspended New York driver's licenses.

Ousmane was charged with forgery, false impersonation, driving without a license, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and unlicensed operation of a vehicle. His Legal Aid attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

► Russell Giardina, 22, and Francois Kambale, 23, were arrested Jan. 11 at 12:08 a.m. after they got into a fight while leaving a friend's apartment party at 65 Bank St., police said.

According to the criminal complaint, Giardina told police he and Kambale "were arguing and got into wrestling match."

Police said they damaged a picture frame and a glass door that the owner of the building told police would cost $400 to repair.

They were charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, the DA's office said. Neither Giardina's Legal Aid attorney nor Kambale's 18B attorney returned calls for comment.