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'Smoking' Clark Car Chase Leads to Edge of Newark


CLARK, NJ – For the second time in as many days, the Clark Police Department engaged in a car chase on Wednesday afternoon.  Police were led to the edge of Newark in pursuit of a car with stolen plates, after an initial report of theft from O'Johnnie's, officials confirmed.

Two cartons of cigarettes were stolen from O’Johnnies on Westfield Avenue, Capt. Vincent Concina of the Clark Police Department said.   Store employees told police the thief was driving a silver Ford Focus and provided the license plate number, he said.

According to Concina, the license plates, NJ Y64-GNE, were registered to a Subaru and had been reported stolen.

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The thief turned right onto Westfield Avenue, heading toward Raritan Road, and passed directly in front of the police station, Concina said.  Clark Police Officers Shackleton and Lott identified the car and began a pursuit.

Concina said the chase led across Raritan Road to the Garden State Parkway northbound.  Officers ensured road conditions were safe during the chase, he said. 

The two marked units followed the car to the Union toll plaza, at which time the chase was called off, Concina said.  Unmarked cars that were active in the pursuit continued to follow the suspect to the edge of Newark, at which time they were also ordered to discontinue the chase, he said.

Concina said no weapons or injuries were reported.

O’Johnnie’s personnel were not available for comment.  

On Tuesday, Clark Police chased a suspect who fled a traffic stop into Rahway.


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