QUEENS — An unlicensed "dollar van" driver who was arrested after trying to flee from police in Jamaica on Sunday had more than a dozen prior arrests for charges including reckless driving and driving without a license and he tried to flee from police before in eerily similar circumstances just months ago, officials said.
The incident left Jameson Golding's 22-year-old passenger is in critical condition after she jumped out of the moving vehicle in an attempt to flee, police said Monday.
Officials said that Golding, 22, has 14 prior arrests dating back to 2008, including five this year. At least five of his prior arrests were for driving without a valid driver's license, police said. Several arrests were sealed. The results of those cases were not immediately clear.
In March, Golding was also arrested for reckless driving and fleeing police officers.
According to the criminal complaint, police were trying to arrest him in Flatbush, Brooklyn, for driving a van which he was operating improperly as an illegal cab.
Police said that Golding refused to stop and — with 10 passengers inside — he drove away "at a high speed," crossing red light and forcing other vehicles to swerve out of his way, before abandoning the vehicle.
According to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, Golding's license was suspended at his arraignment on March 17 and he was released without bail. The case is ongoing.
In August 2013, according to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Golding was also convicted of not having the proper type of driver's license and not wearing a seatbelt.
Police said that on Sunday, they tried to stop the red Ford Econoline at about 4:45 p.m. on Archer Avenue, near 165th Street, but the driver fled, police said.
As Golding continued to drive, the 22-year-old woman, one of several passengers in the van, jumped from the fast-moving van near 106-99 Union Hall St., police said.
Golding abandoned the vehicle soon after near Foch Boulevard, and tried to flee on foot, but was arrested shortly after, authorities said.
The woman, from Cambria Heights, was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition, police said.
Goldin was arrested on a slew of charges, including resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, according to police.
As of Monday afternoon, Golding had not been arraigned, the Queens District Attorney’s office said.
Golding's lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.