A toppled lamp post near the swing area in Union Square Park. A Queens man was arrested on Sunday and charged with drunk driving after he crashed his vehicle into the park. (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click in images to enlarge.
By Geoffrey Croft
A portion of the lamp post at the park's entrance on 16th Street near Union Square West.
Bassam Richard, 31, of Queens was charged with DWI and destruction of government property.
The driver was taken to Bellevue Hospital with unknown injuries.
Richard entered the park from the Northeast corner of Union Square West and 16th Street and drove his vehicle on the sidewalk 100 feet and into a park safety lamp. The light toppled over into a planted area in Evelyn's Playground striking a tree and narrowly missing the swing set.
The incident happened at approximately 3:30 A.M.
Sections of the destroyed lamp post lie scattered on the ground.
The vehicle entered on the park sidewalk at 16th street and drove 100 feet before striking the lamp post.