Witnesses try to stop hit-and-run driver who slammed into parked cars

Witnesses try to stop hit-and-run driver who slammed into parked cars

The latter charge came after an officer pursued Lagutenko for a short time but cut off the pursuit because of the city's no chase policy in the event of non-violent crimes, according to the arrest report obtained by NBC.

Maxwell Lagutenko, 25, was later charged in the crash that happened near Northeast 34th Street. During his initial attempt to run, he was approached by two people trying to stop the driver from leaving by shouting and banging on the window.

A hit-and-run crash quickly turned chaotic Sunday morning when the driver tried to get away, only to be stopped by very good Samaritans - one of whom had a sledge hammer.

With its front grille and a side quarter panel dangling like detached appendages, cellphone video shows the SUV apparently trying to leave the scene.

Not long after, a police officer tried to pull the vehicle over because the driver was driving recklessly and he or she noticed the damage.

The men were intent on detaining the driver because he is accused of causing this wreck, involving several vehicles. In the video, one man screams, "Don't move".


"That's insane. You know, you have a crash, you stop", witness Anthony Jimenez told Local10.

Even though the SUV was damaged in the crash, its driver put the auto in reverse and began moving away from the scene.

Other people are seen in the video trying to pry open the auto doors and taking pictures of the car's license plate.

Despite the man's attempt to flee, police say he was ultimately found and taken into custody.

Officers told Local10 that they don't encourage drivers or other people to try to stop someone from leaving the scene of an accident.

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