BELMAR, NJ — A 35-year-old Belmar man was arrested Sunday morning after he led police on a car chase that began near Ocean Avenue in Belmar and crossed into several neighboring towns before it ended back in Belmar on Main Street near 11th Avenue.
Jeobany Cruz has been charged with eluding police, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, vehicular assault, obstruction and criminal mischief after he was apprehended by Belmar police on Main Street when his car struck a Belmar police vehicle, according to reports. He also received multiple motor vehicle summonses, and criminal charges from other jurisdictions are pending.
Here is an account of the vehicle pursuit, based on a press release posted on the Belmar Police Department’s Facebook page.
At about 10:35 a.m. on November 17, Belmar police received multiple calls that a motor vehicle struck two parked cars and fled the area of First Avenue and A Street. As patrols were en route to the scene, Belmar police received another call that a motorist driving erratically in a vehicle with the same description — a mid-size black Chevrolet sedan, but with a flat tire — was heading north on Ocean Avenue.
Belmar police responded to the area of Eighth and Ocean Avenues, where they observed the car but were unsuccessful in stopping it. The vehicle sped off into neighboring jurisdictions before returning a short time later to Belmar, where it struck a marked Belmar police vehicle. Cruz was arrested at the scene after a brief struggle with police.
According to eyewitnesses, the car came to a stop on Main Street near 11th Avenue at about 11 a.m. Although there were no further details on the pursuit in neighboring towns, Cruz’s vehicle was reportedly seen in Avon-by-the-Sea, Bradley Beach and Neptune, according to social media reports.
Cruz is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold. He is currently serving five years’ probation through the state’s drug court program following his 2017 conviction in Mercer County for drug possession and receiving stolen property, according to Superior Court records.
Despite the new charges against Cruz, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.
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