Queens, NY – Investigators believe a New York Police Department (NYPD) patrol vehicle that rear-ended a civilian vehicle in Oct. 7 was intentionally sabotaged.
The crash occurred when an NYPD vehicle assigned to Transit District 20 struck the back end of another vehicle at a red light near Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike, FOX News reported.
Police said the officers in the vehicle were driving at a slow speed when the patrol car’s brakes failed.
There were minor injuries as a result of the wreck, according to FOX News.
The police vehicle sustained minor body damage and was taken out of service after the crash.
On Oct. 20, mechanics at the NYPD garage examined the vehicle and noticed the front driver’s side brake line had been intentionally cut, according to FOX News.
Investigators have not determined when the brake line was cut or where the police vehicle was parked when it was vandalized.
Another NYPD vehicle was intentionally sabotaged in September.
Officers were driving in Brooklyn when they heard their car making a weird sound and stopped to check, the New York Daily News reported.
The officers discovered a cloth wrapped around an axle and brake fluid leaking from a hose.
Police said yet another NYPD vehicle was intentionally sabotaged on July 17.
On that occasion, Jeremy Trapp was participating in an anti-police demonstration outside the Brooklyn Criminal Court, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ).
Trapp told a confidential source at the demonstration that he wanted to do harm to the police and their supporters.
Then he approached a marked, parked NYPD van and crawled under it, according to DoJ.
Prosecutors said Trapp reached for something near of the vehicle’s wheel wells while the confidential source served as a lookout.
An inspection of the NYPD van showed that a line for wheel speed sensor that was part of the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system had been partially severed and could “adversely impact a driver’s ability to stop and maintain control of the van in an emergency.”
“Trapp’s alleged actions had potentially life-threatening consequences for NYPD officers and members of the public, who could have been injured by the vehicle’s brake failure,” Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said. “This Office will ensure that anyone who targets police officers or acts with the intent to undermine public safety efforts will face justice.”
In October, Trapp was accused of lying about owning a car wash to get COVID-19 relief funds, according to the New York Post.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors alleged that Trapp claimed he owned a car wash employees with 10 people that had revenue of $150,000.
Trapp received $52,500 from the federal government, the New York Post reported.