A Russian gangster was arrested in New York early Sunday morning after police officers spotted him recklessly driving through the city’s streets during an emergency travel ban.
Aleksey Tsvetkov, 36, was arrested after New York City Police found him speeding through the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn at 2am after storm Jonas dumped a near-record 26.8 inches of snow on the city.
NYPD’s Chief of Department James O’Neill said that officers saw an individual who ‘made a series of bad decisions – I counted five’.
A Russian gangster was arrested in New York early Sunday morning during the city’s emergency weather travel ban after police spotted him speeding through the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn at 2am. Pictured above, Fifth Avenue during the travel ban
‘First of all, he decided to drive after the ban was put in place. Then he decided to speed. Then he decided to blow through two red lights. And then last but not least he decided to drink before all this. So we locked him up for DWI also,’ he told the New York Daily News.
Tsvetkov’s lawyer Tony Mirvis said that his client, who appeared in court on Sunday wearing a gray best, black boots and black snow pants, had not been drinking and driving.
‘He denies the allegation he was intoxicated,’ Mirvis said. ‘In this case, he will come back to fight these charges.’
Mirvis claimed that Tsvetkov was only driving through the blizzard to reach his parents’s home to help them.
‘Their parents’ electricity was out,’ he said, according to the Daily News.
‘He thought there could have been a fire,’ Mirvis added. ‘He denies that he was under the influence and will return to court to fight these charges.’
Cops stopped Tsvetkov, who was driving a 2014 Lexus RX350 with Florida license plates, after they saw him run two red lights, officials said.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, running a red light and possession of drugs, among other charges.
Tsvetkov had refused to take a sobriety test when he was pulled over, the criminal complaint said.
Cops stopped Tsvetkov after they saw him run two red lights, officials said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, running a red light and possession of drugs, among other charges. Pictured above, a woman stands in the middle of an empty New York City street during the travel ban
‘What are you crazy? You want me to take a Breathalyzer?’ he said to police, the complaint alleges.
It is unknown what Tsvetkov’s blood-alcohol level was at the time of the arrest, but he was charged with refusal to take a Breathalyzer.
Tsvetkov was one of seven suspected gangsters who in 2003 was indicted on racketeering charges for terrorizing Russian immigrants on Brighton Beach in Brooklyn.
Nicknamed Dumpling, Tsvetkov allegedly acted as an enforcer, who was accused of beating one victim and intimidating others.
The gangster was released on Sunday after posting $2,500 bail.
Beginning Saturday afternoon, New York officials instated a travel ban on the city, which banned all nonemergency vehicles from the roads. Above-ground train service was also stopped.
Still, however, cops responded to 484 vehicle accidents and the FDNY answered 6,000 emergency calls, according to the New York Post.
Twenty-five summons were issued to drivers over the weekend for breaking the city-wide travel ban, which was lifted on Sunday morning at 7am.