UNION SQUARE — A 16-year-old boy driving without a license ran a light and rammed multiple vehicles in Union Square last week, before his adult passenger grabbed the wheel and tried to drive away — only to cause more mayhem, according to police reports.
The teen, whom police did not name, and Jumain Wilson, 34, both of Brooklyn, ran into two cars, a cyclist and a marked police van before leading officers on a foot chase on July 15, police said.
The teen was driving with Wilson, who has a suspended license, in the passenger seat just before 5 p.m. when he ran a red light, slamming into two cars, knocking a cyclist off his bike, and finally slamming into the NYPD van, according to a police report.
One civilian and two officers were hurt in the collisions, police said.
When the car came to a stop Wilson clambered into the driver’s seat and tried to escape, but only caused more damage to the van, police said. Wilson and the teen then both hopped out of the car and despite orders to stop, sprinted in different directions.
Wilson got as far as 13th Street before officers caught him, but the teen only got 30 feet before being apprehended, according to police reports.
One officer sprained his ankle in the incident, according to an arrest report.
Prosecutors charged Wilson with unlicensed driving, while the teen was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to obey a traffic signal, police said. A judge ordered Wilson held on $1,000, and he is currently being held at Manhattan Detention Complex awaiting his next court date on July 21, records show.
It was not immediately clear whether the teen was still being held.
A lawyer for Wilson did not return a request for comment.