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Driver Who Caused Bus Crash in Queens Had Crack Cocaine in His Car: Police

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | October 5, 2015 11:35am
 A man fled a traffic stop on Saturday, causing a city bus to crash into a home. 
A man fled a traffic stop on Saturday, causing a city bus to crash into a home. 
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QUEENS — A driver who collided with an MTA bus Saturday night in Springfield Gardens after fleeing a traffic stop had 64 bags of crack cocaine in his car, police said.

Officers attempted to stop Chevon Parchment, 24, of Elmont, NY, around 9:40 p.m. on Rockaway Boulevard after they noticed that he was not wearing a seatbelt, authorities said.

Parchment, who was driving a 2014 white Chrysler, sped off and turned left into South Conduit Avenue, officials said.

While fleeing, he ran a red light at the intersection of South Conduit Avenue and Guy Brewer Boulevard and swerved into the lane going in the opposite direction, colliding with a Q113 bus, according to police and the MTA. 

The bus then crashed into several parked cars and plowed into a fence and the side of a two-story residential building, authorities said.

Ten people on the bus, including the driver, were hospitalized with minor injuries, police said. 

Parchment and a passenger in his car were also taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, officials said. No one in the house was hurt, officials said.

While searching Parchment’s car, police found the crack cocaine, authorities said.

He was arrested and faces charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and a number of traffic violations, police said.

Parchment was still at the hospital on Sunday night and had not been arraigned as of Monday morning, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.