ATV rider accused of hanging NYPD deputy chief — & nonetheless freed with out bail

A reckless ATV rider accused of deliberately slamming into an NYPD deputy chief might have been slapped with bail however was as an alternative allowed to stroll free — solely extra outrageous proof of town’s “damaged judicial system,’’ regulation enforcement sources raged to The Post on Monday.

Cristhian Seleita, 26, was half of a big group of riders on the motorized autos dangerously weaving out and in of visitors on the FDR Drive close to East ninetieth Street in Manhattan at 9 p.m. Friday, police stated.

That’s when greater than 20 close by cops on a common “high quality of life initiative” noticed the bikers, adopted them and shut down the FDR to attempt to include the hazard, sources stated.

The situation concerned a key quality-of-life problem that Mayor Eric Adams has made a degree of crowing about tackling — together with in June, when he held a press convention with NYPD brass as a bulldozer crushed almost 100 unlawful grime bikes and ATVs.

Some of Friday’s ATV riders, together with Seleita, tried to drive again within the improper course to flee the cops, sources stated. 

As he tried to flee, Seleita deliberately rammed into the high-ranking NYPD official — recognized by police sources as Deputy Chief John Chell — inflicting the officer to fall to the bottom, authorities stated. The deputy chief injured his knees, fingers and elbows, the sources stated.

Seleita rammed into the high-ranking NYPD official – recognized by police sources as Deputy Chief John Chell – inflicting him to fall to the bottom, authorities stated.
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Seleita then obtained his ATV caught between two different autos, cops stated. 

He didn’t adjust to officers’ instructions and resisted arrest, however police in the end deployed a Taser and cuffed him, in line with cops and police sources. 

He was hit with a laundry listing of prices: second-degree assault, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident with harm, obstruction of governmental administration, legal mischief, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a police officer and a violation of designated one-way street indicators, the NYPD stated. 

But when the suspect’s case reached Manhattan Criminal Court, he was solely arraigned on the highest assault cost, his legal criticism exhibits. It wasn’t clear why.

Prosecutors requested that Seleita be held on $10,000 bail, provided that the assault cost allowed the decide to set the restriction.

“Although [the] defendant has no legal historical past, on this case he was in a big group of individuals illegally using grime bikes on the FDR,” prosecutors stated of their bail software.

“When he noticed that NYPD officers had stopped visitors, he circled and fled the improper approach on the FDR, weaving out and in of lanes and ignoring repeated orders to cease.

“Defendant then deliberately ran down an NYPD deputy chief and struck him together with his bike, knocking the officer to the bottom and inflicting accidents to his knees, fingers, and elbows,” the bail software continued.

“Despite his lack of legal historical past, [the] defendant’s conduct on this case demonstrates his unwillingness to be ruled by court docket orders, and subsequently financial bail is the least restrictive measure to make sure his return to court docket.”

Judge Melissa Lewis as an alternative granted Seleita simply supervised launch.

The suspect, who’s from Ozone Park, has 4 prior sealed arrests, police sources stated. It wasn’t clear what the arrests concerned.

But an incensed cop advised The Post, “Supervised launch is a joke.

“So a cop will get deliberately run over addressing the No. 1 quality-of-life problem on this metropolis, and the legal walks. This is a damaged judicial system.”

Another officer stated he believes that Seleita “felt emboldened to strike a police officer with none concern of penalties.

“He knew nothing would occur to him,” the cop claimed.

Seleita’s subsequent court docket date is scheduled Sept. 22.

During the Friday takedown, another members of the ATV crew dropped their rides and fled, however one picked up his bike and escaped on foot, sources stated. 

In whole, eight unlawful ATVs have been recovered in the course of the Friday takedown, the sources stated. 

Since the center of July, the NYPD has confiscated 1,400 ATVs citywide, in line with the sources. 



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