Police say it is lucky no one was hurt Sunday afternoon after a car driven by a Bronx, N.Y., man hopped the curb on Pine Street and the driver played chicken with cars on Grove and Elm Street -- all while fleeing a police cruiser.

"Several people had to dive out of the way on Pine Street to avoid being hit," New Canaan Police Sgt. Peter Condos said.

During the chase, which began around 3:15 p.m., the man, Marcus McCray, 21, drove up onto the Pine Street sidewalk, sending pedestrians scrambling for safety near Zumbach's Coffee, and veered into the opposite lane of oncoming traffic on Grove and Elm streets, nearly triggering multiple collisions, Condos said.

McCray is charged with reckless endangerment, identity theft and other charges and was captured in Pound Ridge, N.Y. During the chase, police broke off pursuit three times because McCray's high rate of speed was deemed a risk to the public, Condos said.

The chase began after an officer responding to Walgreens Pharmacy on Pine Street followed a black BMW leaving the parking lot, which a clerk said was driven by McCray. Police had been called by pharmacy workers on suspicion that McCray was using stolen credit cards to buy off-the-rack gift cards.

After zig-zagging up Elm Street, McCray allegedly took off north up Weed Street, accelerating dangerously, Condos said, as the BMW continued onto West Road and then left onto Greenley Road and onto Ponus Ridge Road heading north toward Stamford.

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Stamford police were notified the pursued BMW was heading toward the city, and the New Canaan officer broke off pursuit. New Canaan officers searching the vicinity, then found the car a second time sitting near Trinity Pass Road in Stamford, according to Condos. A second chase ensued, but police gave it up because of McCray's reckless driving, as they did when they spotted him again a short while later. Police then found the car crashed in the woods near 99 Black Rock Road in Stamford with airbags deployed, according to Condos, and attempted to follow a set of footsteps in the snow to pursue him.

At around 4:45 p.m., police were notified by New York State Police that they had found and detained McCray about a mile from 99 Black Rock Road.

McCray was charged with one count of first-degree reckless endangerment, six counts of credit card theft, three counts of illegal use of a credit card and one count of third-degree forgery.

He was released on $10,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on April 10, Condos said.