Two injured after fight over woman causes car to crash into Albany restaurant

Two people in the New World Bistro on Delaware Avenue received minor injuries from flying debris.

An argument over a woman led to one man attempting to run over another, then driving into an Albany restaurant Tuesday night, police said.

Two people inside the restaurant, the New World Bistro on Delaware Avenue, suffered minor injuries from flying debris. The target of the driver was unhurt.

The incident began just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the KFC at 274 Delaware Ave.

The two men, identified by police as Deshawn Currie, 26, of Albany, and Jason Lopez, 25, of Manhattan, were in a dispute over a woman. Currie is dating Lopez’ ex-girlfriend and the two men were fighting over her, according to the police account.

Lopez allegedly tried to stab Currie with a knife, but missed. Currie then got into his car and chased Lopez down the street.

Currie then attempted to strike Lopez with the car, swerving in his direction, but he missed. Instead, Currie struck the bistro. Part of the car entered the building.

He finally hit a parked car and stopped, and police arrived and took both men into custody.

Currie was charged with one count of first-degree attempted assault, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

Lopez was charged with criminal contempt, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

The building sustained significant damage to the front exterior. The restaurant is currently closed because of the damage but the owner is working with the city’s building inspector to make the necessary repairs to be able to open, police said.

Categories: Schenectady County

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