BY JON CRONIN, Editor
A Bronx drag racer was convicted in Queens Criminal Court for reckless endangerment after leading police through a 115-mile-per-hour chase through Springfield Gardens in August 2016, the Queens district attorney said.
The police initially caught up with Juan Ramirez, 26, on the Nassau Expressway near John F. Kennedy International Airport, which then lead to a chase through Queens.
During the chase, Ramirez was driving an enhanced 1992 red Honda Civic around 2 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2016. Police caught him racing with another driver—who was not apprehended—on the Nassau Expressway. Police turned on their sirens, indicating that he should pull over and attempted to angle their car in order to cut off the red Honda. He slowed down and appeared to be pulling over, but then hit the gas and took off, Queens DA Richard Brown said.
Ramirez drove into a cul-de-sac in Springfield Gardens and crashed into a fence. He attempted to flee by reversing and almost hit one of the officers in pursuit. He realized that his red Honda’s bumper was caught in in the fence, jumped out of the car and was caught by police after a short chase on foot.
On April 26, Ramirez pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment and being part of a “unregulated speed contest.” His sentencing is June 18. He faces six months in jail and five years’ probation.
“Drag racing on city streets and expressways is a disaster waiting to happen,” the DA said. “Not only did this defendant endanger himself, but everyone else as well. A vehicle weighing in excess of 2,500 pounds and traveling at a high rate of speed is transformed into a potentially deadly missile. A bump in the road, the twitch of a hand or even a sneeze could have resulted in death and destruction. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated in Queens County. The defendant deserves some time to cool his need for speed and will get just that when sentenced to jail time in the coming weeks.”