2005-09-09 / Community

Hit And Run Sparks Broad Channel Chase

By Howard Schwach

A Connecticut woman who police said was drinking at a Rockaway relative’s party on Tuesday night blew a red light and struck another auto on Cross Bay Boulevard and then took off with two volunteer firefighters on her tail.

According to eyewitness testimony and a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney, Patricia R. Brady, 40, who resides in New Haven, was on her way home from Rockaway when she sped up and moved into the turning lane at Sixth Road in order to beat the light.

Another automobile, with an infant in a restraining seat in the rear, was trying to make the left turn off Cross Bay Boulevard when that auto was hit in the left front by Brady, who was speeding. Brady’s car spun around and came to a short rest nearby the sidewalk before she righted her car and sped north on the boulevard.

Chris Kalisak, a relative of the woman driving the car that was hit, heard the accident and saw the woman drive away. Kalisak, a local volunteer firefighter, turned on his blue lights and chased her at high speed over the North Channel Bridge. Kalisak told The Wave that the driver was weaving from lane to lane and finally hit a traffic sign in front of a motel just over the bridge. Kalisak reportedly blocked her car in and observed her trying to rip the car’s registration sticker from the front window. When he challenged her, she told him that she was never in the car. She then began running with Kalisak close behind.

They radioed their colleagues at the scene of the accident with their location, which was relayed to police. An anti-crime unit from the 100 Precinct responded to the scene in Howard Beach and arrested the woman. Brady was taken to a Queens hospital, where she reportedly refused to take a blood test.

According to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Brady was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident without reporting and running the red light, a traffic violation.

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