Car strikes gas pump, sparking a fire in Schenectady
SCHENECTADY A city man fleeing one accident scene caused another, barreling into a gas pump on Broadway and causing a small fire, police said.
The fire happened early this morning at the Mobil Gas Station at 585 Broadway when a car driven by Steven K. Braxton, 21, of Poplar Street, struck the pump, police said.
Braxton was fleeing another accident at the corner of Crane Street and Fourth Avenue at the time, police said.
Police said that Braxton, driving his 2007 Mitsubishi, was heading down Crane Street toward Broadway when he failed to make a turn and struck the gas pump near the Interstate 890 underpass.
The pump was severed at the base and another vehicle at a pump was hit by debris and damaged.
The gas station’s fire suppression system contained the fire, but did not fully put it out, fire officials said.
Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. No one was hurt.
Police located Braxton near the scene of the accident and arrested him. He faces one count each of fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and other traffic infractions.
He was arraigned this morning and ordered held on $500 bail.