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Woman Crashes Into Fence, Almost Hitting 2 Children, Prosecutors Say

By Nicholas Rizzi | October 18, 2017 11:01am

GRANITEVILLE — An unlicensed driver crashed into a fence, almost hitting two children, then told the home owner to "mind your business" before fleeing, prosecutors said.

Ameera Collins, 19, was driving her Nissan Altima on Andrea Place on Sept. 30 when she swerved onto the sidewalk at about 5:45 p.m., according to the criminal complaint.

Collins almost struck two children sitting on the sidewalk then before crashing into a parked car and fence, prosecutors said.

When the owner of the home went up to Collins, she told them to "Go back into your house and mind your business. It was an accident," according to police.

Collins then fled the scene but was arrested Friday by police, they said.

She arraigned on charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an incident, the Staten Island District Attorney's office said. She was released without bail.

Collins was arrested last year after she took $1,675 worth of gift cards and clothes from Macy's with another woman.

Her lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Other notable incidents in Staten Island include:

► A Brooklyn man was arrested for selling cocaine and crack around Port Richmond, prosecutors said.

Officers first spotted Jamel Murray, 27, selling crack to two people Oct. 3 in front of 243 Charles Ave. at around 2:30 p.m., according to the complaint. The buyers were later arrested for drug possession.

On Friday, officers approached Murray at the corner of Herberton Avenue and Vreeland Street around 4:40 p.m. and found two bags full of cocaine packaged for sale and a gravity knife on him, prosecutors said.

Murray was arrested and charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon at his arraignment, the DA said. His bail was set at $10,000, according to court records.

Murray previously plead guilty to marijuana possession in September and was arrested twice in 2016 for disorderly conduct and harassment, court records show.

His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

► A drunk driver hit four parked cars in New Springville, authorities said.

John Fields, 29, was driving his Chevy Malibu on Saturday on Sleepy Hollow Road when he crashed into the cars at about 10:55 p.m., prosecutors said.

Officers pulled Fields over less than an hour later at Rivington and Freedom avenues and gave him a breathalyzer test which shows he had a .234 percent blood alcohol content, authorities said.

Fields was charged at his Sunday arraignment with aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired, the DA said. He was released without bail.

His lawyer could not be reached for comment.