NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — The fight for fuel after Superstorm Sandy is starting to get nasty.
New York City authorities say a motorist was arrested after he tried to cut in line at a gas station in Queens early Thursday and pointed a pistol at another motorist who complained.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 35-year-old Sean Bailey, of Queens, was arrested on charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. It wasn’t clear whether he had a lawyer. If convicted, Bailey could face up to 15 years in prison.
Damage from the storm has forced many gas stations to close and has disrupted fuel deliveries, causing long lines at the gas stations that remained open.
On Friday, long lines formed in suburban New York’s Westchester County as early as 6 a.m.
Dozens of cars snaked along the breakdown lane of an expressway waiting for gas at a rest stop in Yonkers. On the other side of the highway, about 30 cars lined up on an exit lane trying to get into a gas station, interrupting traffic.
In the village of Elmsford, lines also formed at the few gas stations that remain open. Yellow tape is pulled across driveways of stations that are closed.
Power outages and flooding from the storm have forced many gas stations to close and disrupted the flow of fuel from refineries to ones that are open.