An Elmont man who was fleeing police when his car struck an occupied New York City bus last weekend had 64 bags of cocaine in his possession when he was arrested, the Queens district attorney's office said Wednesday.
During the police pursuit, Chevon Parchment, 24, drove at speeds up to 100 mph and ran several stop signs and red lights, District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.
The collision with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in Jamaica, Queens, caused it to hit parked vehicles and plow through a residential fence on Meadow Road. A dozen people were injured, authorities said.DataLI crime stats
"What allegedly began as a traffic stop for driving without a seat belt quickly escalated when the defendant attempted to avoid being stopped by the police," Brown said in a statement. "As a result of his alleged reckless actions, the defendant put the lives of pedestrians, bus passengers, the police -- and himself -- needlessly at risk."
Parchment was arraigned Wednesday before Queens Criminal Court Judge David Hawkins on charges of third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment of property and various traffic violations. Bail was set at $100,000, prosecutors said.
According to the criminal complaint, police saw Parchment driving a 2015 Chrysler without a seat belt at Baisley Boulevard and 153rd Street at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. When police tried to pull him over by turning on their lights and siren, he sped off, the complaint alleges.
As Parchment was receiving medical treatment in an ambulance at the scene, police spotted the bags of cocaine, weighing more than one-eighth of an ounce, in his torn clothing, Brown's office said.
Parchment's attorney could not be reached for comment.
If convicted, he faces up to nine years in prison, prosecutors said.