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Drunk driver barrels down Queens sidewalk, injuring three


An out-of-control drunk driver barreled down a Queens sidewalk early Sunday, injuring three people, witnesses said.


The intoxicated motorist was driving his Mitsubishi Mirage G4 when he turned off Jamaica Ave. onto 89th St., heading the wrong way down the one-way street and mounted the sidewalk about 1:30 a.m., according to witnesses.


Ray Morris, a Rite Aid delivery driver, was unloading his truck when he saw the sedan swerve wildly through the intersection.


“He came up this way speeding,” said Morris. “All of a sudden he takes a quick left and hops the curb.”


After the car passed, Morris heard it smashing a path through cars and front yards.


“You could hear him tear up the fence then I heard a ‘boom’ when he hit the hydrant.”


Moments after the crash, Morris saw the driver stumbling out of the car.


“He was having trouble with his balance — zig zagging side to side,” Morris said “I couldn’t believe he tried to drive that drunk. He could barely walk.”


Three people were taken to Jamaica Hospital with minor injuries, officials said.


Jose Tasipata, 27, rushed over to the scene when he heard relatives had been hurt when their minivan was struck leaving a family reunion.


Tasipata said relatives, including a 10-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl, were taken to Jamaica Hospital for neck and back pain.


“I came right over,” he said. “I heard their car got hit from behind. I’m just glad they’re okay.”


An NYPD spokesperson could not immediately determine if the driver was in custody.

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