NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Authorities have released the names of the two suspects involved in a police chase and narcotics investigation on October 19, which police say resulted in a car crash that hospitalized seven people.
Qualil Handy, 18 of Mays Landing and Jordan Toleito, 28 of Atlantic City, both face an array of charges after attempting to flee from police following a drug stop, according to a statement from Captain JT Miller, a spokesperson for the New Brunswick Police Department.
Two detectives initially conducted a traffic stop at the corner of Suydam Street and Remsen Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. that Thursday, Miller said.
Handy exited the vehicle and fled on foot, prompting officers to engage in a chase, according to police.
Meanwhile, Toleito sped away and crashed into a passenger van at the corner of Jones Avenue and Suydam Street, injuring all seven occupants, Miller said. Toleito was hospitalized for his injuries, as were the seven occupants in the van.
Officers caught up to Handy as he was attempting to jump a fence and discard a package of suspected drugs, Miller said.
One of the detectives sustained a laceration on his arm while trying to apprehend the suspect, Miller said, which required hospitalization and sutures to close the wound.
Toleito faces drug charges, eluding, obstruction and aggravated assault. Handy faces drug charges, resisting arrest, obstruction, eluding and causing injury to law enforcement as a result of resisting arrest.