NEWARK, NJ – Eight days after two suspects were arrested and charged in connection with a motor vehicle crash that injured two police officers, Essex County Prosecutors have offered insight into what led to a chase through multiple communities.

On Wednesday, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II announced that two individuals were arrested and charged in connection with the motor vehicle crash that left a civilian, a Montclair police officer and an Orange police officer injured.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, at approximately 2:30 p.m. a Montclair police officer stopped a vehicle for various motor violations in the area of the Crescent, in Montclair. According to the release, during the traffic stop, when the officer learned that the suspected vehicle had been reported stolen, the suspected vehicle fled.

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While fleeing the scene, the driver struck a Montclair police officer and a high-speed chase ensued, through multiple towns.

During the chase, an Orange police officer was responding to assist and his vehicle collided with a civilian. Both were injured.

The incident ended in the area of North 6th Street in Newark when the suspect vehicle struck a parked car owned by a civilian.

Rajon Norwood, 48, and Kisha Eutsey, 32, both of Newark, have been charged in connection with the incident. 

Norwood, the driver of the car, was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest by flight, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Eutsey was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property. Norwood is being held at the Essex County Jail. Eutsey was released. 

These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The investigation is active and ongoing. No other information is available at this time.



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