HALEDON, NJ - A twenty-year-old Haledon man, Christopher Ospina, was charged on April 14 by NJ State Police for "violating the emergency orders", eluding in the second degree, obstruction in the fourth degree, and disorderly conduct creating a hazardous condition during a state of emergency, according to a statement from Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

Grewal and Callahan said that a state trooper driving a marked vehicle was headed westward on Route 80 in the vicinity of Lodi when the trooper observed a BMW with tinted windows driving in excess of 130 miles-per-hour.  The vehicle allegedly got off of Route 80 and the troopers saw Ospina standing by the car at a Lodi gas station.

Grewal and Callahan said that when Ospina saw the police, he "jumped back in the BMW and recklessly drove back on I-80 until troopers lost sight of the vehicle."  Ospina turned himself in at the State Police Station in Totowa.  There, he told officers he possibly had COVID-19 symptoms prior to being transported to the Bergen County Jail.

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