Shaffiat Ali is a man who should not have a car, judging by how he's allegedly used his red Mitsubishi Eclipse since early May.
Two months after he got arrested for a road-rage incident in Center City, Ali, 31, got arrested again yesterday after he allegedly hit a pedestrian who was crossing Market Street near 2nd at about 1:20 a.m. and then tried to speed away, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. A few of the injured pedestrian's friends gave chase, and officers on routine patrol spotted them and pulled Ali over, Russell said. The officers saw that his passenger-side windshield was smashed in a circular pattern, consistent with hitting someone, and took him into custody, she added.
Ali, of 12th Street near Reed in South Philadelphia's Passyunk Square neighborhood, was charged with driving under the influence, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and related offenses, according to court records. He was jailed on $50,000 bail pending a July 23 status hearing, records show.
The pedestrian remains in stable condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Russell said.