Street racer busted in Bayside

A 19-year-old Flushing resident accused of drag racing through traffic in Bayside is facing a year in jail and may have to submit a DNA sample, after being arrested for reckless endangerment.
Shamuel Rafailov, of 147-29 76th Road allegedly had to be chased for over a quarter-mile at speeds “over 55 miles per hour” by a car from the 111th Precinct before he was stopped at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Oceania Street, shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Friday, December 5.
Cops say Rafailov was racing his 2008 Infiniti with another person in a white Infiniti - who got away. He is charged with misdemeanor Reckless Endangerment and a slew of traffic infractions including street racing, reckless driving and failure to signal.
He was represented by a Legal Aid lawyer at his arraignment before Judge Suzanne Melendez, who released him in his own recognizance. He is due back in court on January 9.
Rafailov may be unsafe at any speed. Records show that he was arrested on March 29 of this year - for jaywalking. That case was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal.

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