Horrifying vehicle rampage in NY

Patsy Sciutto, who works in Times Square, said she was meeting someone for lunch when an announcement came over a loudspeaker that the building was on lockdown because of an incident outside.

The 26-year-old has been charged with drink driving on two previous occasions. They said he had been arrested twice for drunken driving in 2008 and 2015, and once earlier this month on a charge of menacing.

The incident evoked recent terrorist attacks by vehicle in London, Nice and Berlin but NY mayor Bill de Blasio said there was "no indication" it was an act of terrorism.

Fox News reported that Rojas has had two prior driving while intoxicated incidents.

After plowing into pedestrians in Times Square on May 18, Richard Rojas reportedly revealed that he was attempting suicide by cop. He said he and a group of about five people chased the driver after he jumped out of the vehicle.

On March 22, five people were killed in London and about 40 injured after a auto hit pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman near Britain's parliament.

According to Reuters, he said after being arrested: "You were supposed to shoot me!" Beside her was a NY state license plate and a side mirror that broke off from the auto, a police officer at the scene said.

In essence either unbeknownst to his friends, family or himself, or resigned by fate, Richard Rojas was a walking time bomb looking to offload.... He says he was walking toward the eatery Thursday when the auto barreled down the sidewalk and hit a pole, and driver Richard Rojas got out and started running away. Four of them were taken to area hospitals in critical condition with injuries that weren't expected to be life threatening, he said. It wasn't immediately clear what led to Rojas' expulsion from the US Navy and whether he'd also had mental breakdown episodes during service.

Witnesses said they were afraid the crash may have been an act of terrorism. "He was going the wrong way up the street and drove onto the sidewalk". PHOTOS: Car plows into crowd in Times SquareRojas is a Naval veteran, serving from 2011 to 2014. He turned around and saw the vehicle hitting people on the sidewalk.

Associated Press writers Libby Quaid in Washington and Jennifer Peltz and Jake Pearson in NY contributed to this report.

A fire department chief, Mark Foris, was at an unrelated elevator rescue when he saw the auto speed by.

The sidewalks in many parts of Times Square and surrounding blocks are lined with metal posts created to prevent cars from getting onto the sidewalks and other public areas.

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