Ogdensburg man arrested by police on reckless driving charges after officers say they witnessed him drive through road crew area
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:02 pm

Giovanni V. Vazquez faces several charges related to a reckless driving incident in Ogdensburg, say police.

OGDENSBURG – Police here arrested a man today after they say he drove a vehicle through a marked construction zone, causing the workers there to seek cover behind a truck, and then proceed to speed towards a school zone.

According to a press release from the Ogdensburg Police Department, Giovanni V. Vazquez, 24, of 121 Belmont Courts, drove a yellow, two-door Hyundai recklessly on the 800-900 block of Park Street.

Officers said they observed Vazquez swerving the vehicle between north and south lanes, while revving the car’s engine. He then drove the vehicle into a marked construction zone. Workers there took cover behind a truck, police said.

Police said Vazquez then squealed the Hyundai’s tires, drove it up over a curb of the road and into a parking area of a youth sports field, where he caused the car to spin its tires kicking up stones and debris.

Vazquez then sped off toward a marked school zone at John F. Kennedy Elementary, where a large number of children were on the playground.

Police soon after located Vazquez and the Hyundai in the Sunoco parking lot on New York Avenue where he was arrested and charged.

Vazquez was charged with reckless endangerment and reckless driving, both misdemeanors.

He was also charged with speeding in a school zone, improper passing, failure to keep right, passing a red signal, uninspected motor vehicle, and failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of a change of address for his registration and again for his license, all infractions.

Finally, Vazquez also faces a charge of holding more than one New York State license.

He was held in lock-up Tuesday afternoon at the police station pending arraignment in city court.