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A man was arrested Friday when he drove his car at a detective while police were investigating a complaint of a man dealing drugs from a car on 15th Street, Detective Lt. John Chela said.

Damien E. Thomas, 19, of 518 Ninth St., drove off from the 200 block of 15th Street when he saw narcotics detectives approaching, and he headed straight at Detective Ted Weed, Chella said.

The detective jumped out of the way and the car just brushed his pant leg as it sped away, Chella said. Weed was not hurt.

Detectives closed off the area and chased the car, which went the wrong way down several one-way streets. Thomas bailed out of the vehicle in the 600 block of Ninth Street and tried to run away, but was captured, Chella said. A small amount of suspected crack cocaine was found in the car, Chella said.

Thomas was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment for driving at Weed, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, failure to yield the right of way, aggravated unlicensed operation, six counts of driving the wrong way on a one-way street, three counts of failure to keep right, three counts of reckless driving and a red light violation at 11:15 a.m. by Chella and detectives Patrick Stack and Weed.

Thomas also was charged with petit larceny by Detective Anthony Conte after he was accused, in a City Court warrant, of failing to pay a local business $300 for auto repair work.

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