A 26-year-old man was arrested after disobeying and almost striking an NYPD traffic agent with his vehicle. At 1:26 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, a police officer witnessed a man driving his vehicle northbound on West Street and attempting to make a right turn eastbound onto Canal Street, which was blocked by traffic cones. A traffic agent – a 61-year-old man – stopped the driver and told him he could not go that way. The driver attempted to proceed anyway, and the traffic agent told the driver to stop multiple times and even nodded his head toward a police officer nearby saying, “There is an officer right there!” In response, the driver accelerated briskly, nearly striking the traffic agent, who had to jump out of the way. The driver finally stopped at Canal and Washington Streets, immediately exited his vehicle, and headed toward a police officer. The officer displayed his weapon and ordered the driver back into the vehicle. The driver complied and was placed under arrest for attempted assault. He was also found with razors in his possession.
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