Videos of the actual crash and the absolutely bonkers aftermath, when Chen sped off and fled the scene and then tried to flee again, as police were about to arrest him, have made their way online, on social media. You can find a selection of them at the bottom of the page.
One of the first accounts of the crash came from Instagram user ronniecnyc, who also posted photos of the badly damaged Porsche. At the time, the New York Post notes, the NYPD were working under the assumption that the car had been stolen. It came speeding through an intersection in Hell’s Kitchen and smashed into the back of a Toyota Sienna.
The Porsche sped away, parts flying off the wreck as it rushed through mostly-empty streets, running red lights, and crashed into other four parked cars. Police caught up with the driver and arrested him – but not before he tried to flee once more.
The NYPD has confirmed that Chen was at the wheel. “It is definitely not a stolen car,” a spokesperson said. Chen was arrested and charged with reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, and remains in custody as of the time of press.
The Gemballa-modified Porsche Carrera GT had two owners until Chen bought it in 2014. He painted it blue and was involved in the modifications made to it, he told the DuPont Registry in an interview at the time. He also said he planned on driving it at least once a month, though he most likely didn’t plan to drive it like this.