Two men whom cops say are affiliated with local gangs are in custody after running a red light in a minivan in Corona , then leading cops on a chase that ended with a crash in Fresh Meadows early on Thursday morning, police said.
On April 6 at approximately 1:20 a.m., one of the men was operating a 2005 Dodge Caravan with Pennsylvania license plates when he ran a red light at Roosevelt Avenue and 111th Street, within the confines of the 110th Precinct, according to police. The other man was a passenger in the vehicle. Authorities signaled for the vehicle to pull over when the duo took off, bolting at 20 mph over the posted speed limit.
The attempt to flee ended when the duo crashed the minivan into a tree on the Clearview Expressway at Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows. Officers from the 107th Precinct arrested the two individuals at the scene. No one was injured as a result of the incident.
The two perpetrators were identified as Victor Tavarez, 28, of Elmhurst and Miguel Garcia, 23, of Corona; it is unclear who was driving the vehicle at this time, police said.
Both men face charges of reckless endangerment, obstructing government administration, fleeing officers in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, operating an unregistered vehicle and failure to obey a traffic signal.