A Ridgewood resident escaped police custody last week by commandeering the police van he was placed in after being arrested for drug charges.
Bryan McMenamin, 38, was arrested in Glendale along with another man and both were handcuffed and put in the van. While the police were outside the vehicle, McMenamin managed to maneuver his hands in front of him and began to drive the vehicle.
A detective grabbed onto the driver’s side door and McMenamin put the van in reverse and dragged the detective for approximately one block, injuring his legs.
The van was recovered later that night with the other man still inside. Police located McMenamin and rearrested him in downtown Manhattan the next day.
McMenamin now, if convicted, faces up to 25 years in prison for the additional charges of second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle, fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree escape, tampering with physical evidence and reckless driving on top of his drug charges.
McMenamin really should have cut his losses when he got arrested the first time.