GLEN ROCK, NJ – A Glen Rock police officer suffered a laceration to his hand while scaling a fence in pursuit of three juveniles who led officers on a multi-town chase in their stolen vehicle before it became disabled, police said.
A Glen Rock officer ran the plate of the "suspicious" vehicle with a burned-out tail light at 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. The officer noted a passenger in the car was wearing a ski mask while traveling on Lincoln Avenue, police said. The "random plate check" came up as a stolen vehicle out of Elizabeth.
The officer followed the vehicle just over the border into Ridgewood where a marked Ridgewood Police vehicle responded to assist. Upon observing the marked police vehicle, police said, the suspicious vehicle "took off at a high rate of speed into Midland Park and attempted to elude the officers."
Glen Rock officers picked up the pursuit as the vehicle headed back towards Goffle Road and onto Route 208 South, police said.
The vehicle continued to attempt to elude the officers South on Route 208 through Hawthorne, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn then into Paramus onto Route 4, police said. The vehicle attempted to exit Route 4 in the area of Paramus Honda when it left the roadway, became disabled, and the three occupants bailed out.
Glen Rock and Paramus Officers pursued the car occupants on foot, apprehending all three with the assistance of a NJ State Police Aviation Unit and a Bergen County Sheriff’s K9 team.
A Glen Rock Officer suffered a laceration to his hand while scaling a fence during the pursuit. He was later treated at Valley Hospital and released.
Police said three juvenile males were taken into custody from Roselle, NJ, ages 16 and 17. Each were charged on a juvenile delinquency complaint with receiving stolen property, and eluding and resisting arrest. Police said they were subsequently remanded to the custody of the Bergen County Juvenile Detention Center pending a hearing in Superior Court, Family Part.
The investigation into this crime, as well as a series of stolen vehicles and burglaries in Glen Rock remains ongoing. The public is once again reminded of the importance of locking their homes, garages, sheds and vehicles and that it is never safe to leave or keys or key-fobs in your vehicle.