EDISON, NJ  - A 25-year-old Jersey City man is being held at the Middlesex County jail after he allegedly led a police officer on a chase in a stolen car on Thursday afternoon.

Eswarvijay Seni was charged with receiving stolen property, eluding police, reckless driving and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia on Thursday afternoon,  Lt. Robert Dudash said.

Police said that the arrest came after an Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) in Officer Jason Chang’s cruiser scanned the plates on a red 2006 Infinity G35 and identified the sedan as being reported stolen to NJ Transit Police on May 27.   

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Officer Chang tried to stop the car at Talmadge and New Durham Roads, but  its driver sped away leading the officer on a 1.5 mile chase into neighboring South Plainfield, according to police.

Police said the fleeing car jumped a curb on Shadyside Place and sideswiped a tree causing one of its tires to go flat. The car, when it returned to the roadway, made it onto Regency Place where it again jumped the curb and ended up on the front lawn of a home, police said.

Mr. Seni, who was apparently hit in the face by the driver’s side airbag, crawled out of the damaged car and surrendered. Inside the car, officers found 37 wax folds of heroin, a crack pipe and two driver’s licenses – from New Jersey and Wisconsin – with alternate identities for Mr. Seni, Lt. Dudash said.