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Taxi Passenger Attacked Vehicle That Got Into Accident With His Cab: Police

 A taxi passenger cracked the window and kicked the front of a woman's vehicle after she got into a minor accident with the cab he was riding in, the NYPD said.
A taxi passenger cracked the window and kicked the front of a woman's vehicle after she got into a minor accident with the cab he was riding in, the NYPD said.
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CHELSEA — A taxi passenger cracked the window and kicked the front of a woman's vehicle after she got into a minor accident with the cab he was riding in, the NYPD said.

The 28-year-old woman was driving near the northwest corner of West 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on May 7 when when she got into an accident with the taxi, police said.

Neither vehicle was damaged, and neither the woman nor the taxi driver wanted to file a police report, the NYPD said.

At some point during the incident, however, the taxi driver’s 55-year-old passenger got out of the cab and struck the woman’s window with his hand three times, leaving a crack that will cost around $355 to repair, police said.

He also kicked the front of her car — leaving several scratches — before getting back into the taxi, the NYPD said.

The taxi driver took the man back to his hotel on West 44th Street, and the woman followed behind in her car, police said.

When they arrived at the hotel, the passenger got out of the vehicle without paying his $11.80 fare and went to his room, the NYPD said.

The man was later arrested for criminal mischief, police said.

Other recent crimes in the 10th Precinct include:

► A 63-year-old man told police he found a suitcase near the northeast corner of West 34th Street and 11th Avenue around 8:30 p.m. on May 4. When he opened it, he discovered it contained several sealed decks of heroin. No one had been identified as the owner of the suitcase as of Wednesday.

► A 26-year-old man was arrested after he sold pot and another controlled substance to an undercover police officer in front of a Penn South building at 311 W. 24th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues, around 4:30 p.m. on May 5, the NYPD said. The man was also in possession of a knife.

► A trio of women stole $767 worth of Zyrtec, Claritin and Nasacort nasal spray from a Duane Reade at 315 W. 23rd St., near Eighth Avenue, around 5:10 p.m. on May 5, the NYPD said. Surveillance video shows one woman passing the pharmaceuticals to another woman while a third woman acted as a lookout. No one had been arrested in connection with the theft as of Wednesday, and an assistant manager working at the store on Thursday said he wasn’t aware the theft had taken place.

► A 37-year-old man was driving a white Audi with New Jersey plates around 7:50 p.m. on May 5 in front of 351 W. 14th St., near Ninth Avenue when police pulled him over because he had “excessive” window tints, the NYPD said. When police searched the vehicle, they discovered a forged New Jersey license plate, a gravity knife, a knife concealed in his wallet, a glassine filled with heroin and a small ziplock bag filled with cocaine. The man was arrested at the scene.

► A 65-year-old man was arrested for drunk driving at the southeast corner of West 29th Street and 10th Avenue around 7:20 p.m., police said. One of the officers who arrested him noticed he had an unsteady stance, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech, but the man refused to take a breathalyzer test.

► A thief stole $149.55 worth of toothpaste from a Duane Reade at 455 W. 37th St., near 10th Avenue, around 10:32 p.m. on May 6, police said. The thief hadn’t been arrested as of Wednesday, and a manager working at the store on Thursday declined to comment on the theft.

► A 30-year-old man was arrested for driving while intoxicated at the southeast corner of West 30th Street and 10th Avenue around 1:50 a.m. on May 7, police said. The man, who initially refused to take a breathalyzer test, had a blood alcohol content of .138.