ALBANY — A suspected car thief wowed early morning revelers before turning a car stolen from a Republican Legislative leader into a smoky wreck just blocks from the state Capitol early Tuesday morning, according to a video obtained exclusively by The Post was received.
The video shows the speeding car making several screeching turns while running red lights while people audibly cheer the driver.
“Let’s go! Let’s go. Ohhhh s–t,” says a voice briefly offscreen as the 2009 BMW 330xi crashed loudly into another vehicle at the intersection of Lark Street and Madison Avenue in Albany – just a stone’s throw away several local pubs away.
Hours earlier, MP Andrew Goodell (R-Chautauqua) had reported the vehicle stolen from a Capitol garage after leaving a key in the vehicle, in line with the small-town native’s longtime habits.
“‘You’re an idiot and I told you so,'” the GOP minority-level faction leader told the Post on Wednesday, citing his wife.
Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay said in a statement that the raid from an allegedly secure government car park reflected broader public safety concerns amid an ongoing spate of vehicle thefts and violent crime.
“For those in the legislature who refuse to acknowledge the shocking rise in crime, this is a startling reminder of the need for action.” Barclay tweeted Thursday.
Goodell found the vehicle missing Monday night after returning to the Capitol garage with Rep. Joseph Giglio (R-Gowanda), who eventually drove Goodell to his Albany home
Lark Street is known for its colorful characters and occasional drunken drama created by college students, but the early-morning demonstration of reckless driving struck Saitavius Fox, a project manager for an e-commerce company, as very unusual.
“I was coming home from a birthday and I noticed a guy driving around the block and when he came around the block he ran a red light and crashed the car,” Fox told the Post of the circumstances of the dramatic footage , which he had recorded early Tuesday morning.
Shortly after the accident, a person in what appears to be a white T-shirt is seen walking down a sidewalk about 100 feet away.
“Look, he just grabbed a backpack and ran. He’s walking down the street,” exclaims a friend of Fox’s in the video.
Albany Police Department has yet to officially confirm the authenticity of the video, but the car, location and time match the description of a vehicle accident that state police say occurred around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Goodell, a relative of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, said the smashed projector resembled his luxury sedan, which he bought for $18,000 a decade ago.
The video apparently confirmed the longtime lawmaker’s belief that the joyriding thief at least enjoyed his beloved beamer while things were going well.
“The sunroof was up and the windows down on Lark — so just having a good time,” the joking lawmaker told the Post on Wednesday.
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