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Drunk Driver Crashes Into MTA Bus as Passengers Exit, Police Say

By Shaye Weaver | April 28, 2017 5:18pm | Updated on May 1, 2017 8:54am
 An M15 bus in 2010.
An M15 bus in 2010.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — A drunk driver crashed into the back of an MTA bus on First Avenue as passengers were exiting, police said.

Riley Zhu, 27, slammed into the bus while the riders were disembarking at East 78th Street, police said.

No one was injured in the crash, authorities said.

After the collision, Zhu got out of his Honda Fit, walked away and then returned to the car, where police discovered he had been drinking. His blood alcohol content registered at .18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to his criminal complaint.

At his arraignment on Thursday, Zhu was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and reckless endangerment.

He was released without bail and is due back in court on June 13.

His attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.

Other notable crimes in this week’s blotter from the 19th Precinct include:

► A 32-year-old woman was arrested for drug possession after jumping a turnstile at the Lexington Avenue-86th Street subway station Thursday morning, police said. When police approached her after hopping the turnstile, she threw her purse onto the subway tracks, the NYPD said. After recovering the purse, officers found four vials of ketamine inside. She was arraigned Thursday on charges of criminal trespass, criminal possession of a controlled substance, theft of services and attempted tampering with physical evidence, prosecutors said. She was released on time served, and her attorney declined to comment.

► A 32-year-old man was arrested for trying to burglarize apartments at 105 E. 63rd St. on Thursday morning, police said. The suspect was trying to get into apartments on the ninth floor, but tenants called the superintendent, who demanded the suspect leave the building. Instead of leaving, the man went to the eighth floor and attempted to get into another apartment. Police arrived and arrested the suspect and found a debit card and ID cards that didn't belong to him. He was charged with burglary and criminal possession of stolen property. 

► Three women from Queens were arrested for shoplifting $745 in merchandise from the Bloomingdale's at 1000 Third Ave. on April 22, police said. The suspects put a number of Burberry items into a Century 21 bag and left the store without paying, police said. When security stopped them and brought them into the store's office, one of the women struck two employees. All three women were charged with robbery, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property. The employees who were attacked refused medical attention.

► A 19-year-old man was arrested for purchasing expensive items from Bloomingdale's with a stolen credit card belonging to a woman in Maryland, police said. The man purchased two pairs of Ferragamo shoes for $195 and an MCM belt for $295 online and picked them up at the 1000 Third Ave. store on April 20. Security and police apprehended him, and he was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny, police said.

► A 32-year-old man from The Bronx stole a woman's wallet from her coat at Lenox Hill Hospital at 100 E. 77th St., police said. The victim left her coat hanging in the waiting room and came back an hour later to find it on the floor and her wallet missing. Police found that the suspect made two purchases totaling $50 were with her Chase card and three purchases totaling $187 on her Wells Fargo card. Detectives tracked the man down and arrested him, charging him with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.