SADDLE BROOK, NJ - A local police officer was charged with eluding arrest tonight, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's office.

Andres Morales, 29, a Saddle Brook Police Officer, was charged with eluding, police said. 

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Confidential Investigations Unit, initiated an investigation which revealed that on October 3, at approximately 2:35 a.m., a Ridgefield Police Officer attempted to stop a speeding BMW. The driver, later identified as Morales, refused to pull over and fled the police at a high rate of speed.

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The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti in which the driver was driving on State Routes 46 and 80. Police said, the pursuit was later terminated due to the excessive speed and the danger to the pursuing officer and the general public. 

On October 8, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Confidential Investigations Unit received information that on October 3, 2020, an off-duty Saddle Brook Police Officer fled from an attempted motor vehicle stop and led Ridgefield Police and other officers on a high speed chase, however no arrest was made, police said.

As a result of the investigation, on October 14, Morales was charged with eluding. He was also suspended from his duties as a police officer. 

The investigation is ongoing and several other officers have been suspended, pending the outcome of the full investigation. 

Bergen County Prosecutor Musella states that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.