The man accused of causing a city bus to crash into a Jamaica residence while he fled police was allegedly in possession of 64 Ziploc bags of cocaine according to Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown. He faces up to nine years in jail if convicted of the multitude of charges he faces stemming from the incident.
This past Saturday, Oct. 3, sometime after 9:30 p.m., police observed the defendant – identified as Chevon Parchment, 24, of Elmont, Long Island – driving without a seatbelt. When they attempted to pull him over, he ignored them and accelerated, leading to a high speed chase through the streets of Jamaica. According to the complaint, speeds reached over 100 miles per hour.
Parchment allegedly failed to stop at three red lights and a stop sign, eventually blowing through the red light at South Conduit Avenue. His car was hit by an MTA bus, which subsequently struck multiple parked vehicles and drove through a residential fence on Meadow Road, nearly bursting through the side wall of a house.
“What allegedly began as a traffic stop for driving without a seatbelt quickly escalated when the defendant attempted to avoid being stopped by the police,” said Brown in a release. “As a result of his alleged reckless actions, the defendant put the lives of pedestrians, bus passengers, the police – and himself – needlessly at risk.”
As Parchment was receiving medical attention, police then observed in play view, an eighth of an ounce of cocaine laying on top of the defendants boxers – his clothes had been cut to administer treatment.
Parchment was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge David Hawkins on a criminal complaint charging him with 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 violations of the vehicle and traffic laws, including speeding, reckless driving, failure to stop for red lights or stop signs and operating a motor vehicle without seatbelts. Bail was set at $100,000.