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1 dead, 1 in custody, after car crashes into Times Square crowd

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NEW YORK CITY (WDRB) -- One person is dead and a suspect is in custody, after a speeding car crashed into a crowd in New York's famed Times Square. At least 23 people were injured. 

New York City Police say 26-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Richard Rojas was behind the wheel of a maroon sedan, when it drove into the crowd.  Police Commissioner James O'Neill says the crash doesn't appear to be related to terrorism. But he does say the Bronx man is being tested for alcohol. Rojas has a history of driving intoxicated, and witnesses say he appeared to be drunk at the scene.

Witnesses say Rojas was driving the wrong direction and on a sidewalk for at least three blocks.  Multiple people also told Fox News after the car crashed, he attempted to escape; however, he was ultimately pinned to the ground by five people, who held him until police arrived.

The car came to rest on a lamppost and barriers at 45th Street and Broadway. The barriers are designed to keep vehicles from driving on to the sidewalk. 

Several buildings in the area were reportedly on lockdown, as police swarmed the busy intersection in an area usually populated with tourists. Numerous blocks had been taped off by police around the scene.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump has been updated on the incident. But multiple sources tell Fox News the crash appeared to be an accident. 

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