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Two Captured After Leading Fair Lawn Police on High Speed Chase

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FAIR LAWN - Two Teaneck residents were arrested after leading Fair Lawn police on a high-speed chase at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

On Nov. 21 at 3:24 a.m., Fair Lawn Police spotted a 2017 Mini Cooper traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 208 South. After attempting to pull over the vehicle on Route 4 East, the vehicle fled, driving erratically, according to police.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle was traveling too fast for the Hackensack Avenue ramp and ended up in the parking lot of The Coach House Restaurant, 55 State Route 4, Hackensack.

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The driver and passenger fled the car, stolen out of Teaneck, before the police arrived.  

Back-up officers from Paramus, Hackensack, New Milford, River Edge, Teaneck and Bergen County Sheriffs responded to search for the suspects.  

Teaneck police apprehended Jacob Gibbs, 20, of Teaneck, who attempted to run on foot from the officers near Fairleigh Dickinson University. Bergen County Sheriff’s K9 Unit assisted in the capture of Gibbs behind Rothman Center.

River Edge Police apprehended Mekhi Rosa,19, of Teaneck, the passenger of the stolen vehicle, behind the Bergen Academies complex in Hackensack.  

Rosa, who refused medical assistance, was released after being charged with "unlawful taking by means of conveyance," according to Fair Lawn Police Sergeant Brian Metzler.

Explaining the term, Metzler said Fair Lawn police could not charge the two with theft of the vehicle because they did not take it in Fair Lawn. However, they allegedly took control of the car without the owner’s permission. 

Gibbs was transported to New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus for evaluation, then was transported to Fair Lawn Police Headquarters once released from the medical center.  

Gibbs, who's in Bergen County Jail, was charged with the following:

  • Receiving stolen property
  • Eluding
  • Possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS - Marijuana)
  • Under the influence of CDS
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Reckless driving
  • Careless driving
  • Speeding
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt
  • Failure to maintain a lane
  • Unsafe lane change
  • Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle
  • Failure to give way to an emergency vehicle
  • Tailgating
  • 3 counts of failure to possess documents
  • CDS in a motor vehicle

 

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