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Navy Veteran in Custody After Times Square Crash

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Police say a 26-year-old U.S. Navy veteran with two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated has been taken in custody after his car plowed into 23 pedestrians in Times Square, killing one of them.
    
Witnesses said Richard Rojas appeared to be intoxicated, and he was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. Witnesses reported that he drove the wrong way and on a sidewalk for at least three blocks, mowing down pedestrians.
    
Rojas was in custody and unable to comment. Police Commissioner James O'Neill says the crash doesn't appear to be related to terrorism.
    
Police say the Bronx man was being tested for alcohol and drugs.
    
Police do not suspect a link to terrorism.
    
The car came to rest with two of its wheels in the air, leaning on a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.

The White House says that President Donald Trump has been "made aware" of the crash.
    
White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Trump was briefed before New York authorities confirmed the death.
    
Trump is holding a news conference at the White House later Thursday with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

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