Escaped Prisoner Who Hit Cop As He Fled in Stolen Police Cruiser Captured in Manhattan: NYPD

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    Bryan McMenamin got away Monday night after allegedly hitting a cop with a stolen police van in Glendale, Queens. Ida Siegal reports.

    The drug suspect who allegedly took off in a stolen police vehicle and hit an officer as he fled in Queens Monday was arrested nearly a day later at a public housing complex in Lower Manhattan, police say.

    Officers apprehended 38-year-old Bryan McNenamin at an apartment in the Alfred E. Smith Houses in Two Bridges shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police say. It's not exactly clear how investigators tracked down the man who was originally detained on drug charges Monday. 

    Police say narcotics officers had arrested McMenamin and another man who allegedly bought drugs from him in Glendale Monday evening, then placed them in the back of an unmarked police van.

    The suspects were being transported when the officers made a stop at 59th Street and Cooper Avenue, officials said. 

    McMenamin seized the opportunity to hop in front of the van and take off, according to officials. He had been handcuffed with his hands behind him but somehow managed to get his hands to his front and drive away.

    One of the narcotics officers was dragged as he tried to open the door to the getaway vehicle. The officer was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital and is expected to be OK. 

    The unmarked van was later recovered at Myrtle Avenue and Decatur Street in Ridgewood, police say. The other suspect was still in the back of the vehicle and has been processed. 

    McNenamin is charged with attempted murder, grand larceny, tampering with evidence, escape and resisting arrest in the escape attempt. He faces drug charges in his original arrest.

    It's not clear if he has an attorney.

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