Updated 09/18/2012 10:37 PM
Driver Arrested After Crashing Stolen Car In Chelsea
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A man was arrested Tuesday after police say he stole a Hummer and crashed into a city bus and taxi and rammed into a Chelsea restaurant, injuring eight people, including himself.
As two women dropped off a Hummer at an open-air parking garage at 29th Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, police say 19-year-old Nicholas Sidwell jumped into the car and drove it away at a high speed.
A garage attendant grabbed onto the side of the Hummer as it drove away, then jumped off after holding on for several blocks and was not seriously hurt.
The car hit a female pedestrian, and then the attendant flagged down an NYPD patrol car.
Authorities say Sidwell drove the car into a city bus and taxi before he crashed into the plate-glass window of the RUB BBQ restaurant on West 23rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
"I saw the taxi cab, he got hit. He had the right of way," said an eyewitness. "He had the right of way, and the guy came across the red light and smacked into the taxi cab."
"I was in the basement, I heard a very big explosion. I came running upstairs and the car had driven through our window," said RUB BBQ owner Andrew Fischell. "A Hummer, so it's not like a [Honda] Civic. A big, big car basically smashed through the window, pushed the counter back."
"I saw the cops come out with guns, they said, 'Come out of the car.' He came out, he seemed to be OK. They put him on the ground, handcuffed him and then the ambulances came and later on they took him," said another eyewitness.
The bus driver, four bus riders, the taxi driver, a pedestrian and Sidwell were hospitalized for minor injuries.
Sidwell is charged with Grand Larceny Auto and Unauthorized Use of the vehicle.