HOBOKEN - Police arrested a 25-year-old Hoboken man Tuesday for allegedly stealing a Vespa scooter and fleeing officers.

Shortly after 4:50pm on July 7, Hoboken Police Officer Gnassi Curtis Brown of Hoboken operating a Vespa with no helmet and no visible license plate. Gnassi was able to pull Brown over, but as he was ordered to turn the Vespa off he fled.

As Gnassi was able to identify the operator, the decision was made not to pursue Brown on the scooter. Shortly after this incident, Brown was observed walking in the area of 3rd and Harrison Street and Officer Gnassi was able to place him under arrest for his actions.

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While processing Mr. Brown at headquarters the owner of the Vespa entered Hoboken Police Headquarters and spoke with Officer Harold Milne. Mr. Brown was ultimately charged with stealing the Vespa—which was later located and returned to the owner.

In all, Brown was charged with eluding motor vehicle stop, theft of a motor vehicle. He was also given citations for driving the wrong way down a one way street, unclear plates, motorcycle helmet requirement, unregistered vehicle, suspended driver license, and uninsured vehicle. 

The charges were placed on a Warrant and after the arrest process was complete, Brown was transported to Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Brown is considered innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

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