HOBOKEN, NJ - The Hoboken Police Department has issued yet another reminder to residents that it's not only a bad idea to leave your car running on the streets of Northern New Jersey, but it's illegal. This comes after a stolen vehicle launched a pursuit that was terminated when the thieves began shooting fireworks at Hoboken Police Officers.
Around 9:10 p.m. on Friday night, a vehicle was stolen from 518 Washington St. Special Police Officer Kyle Seper saw the vehicle on Newark St & attempted to pull the car over. Initially driving within the speed limit, the vehicle then proceeded to travel at speeds up to 45 mph on Observer Highway and onto Jersey Ave in Jersey City—after passengers began shooting fireworks out of the vehicle and at the officer.
"The correct call was made to terminate the pursuit," said Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante. "The stolen vehicle was later found & recovered in Newark with different license plates on it. I commend SPO Seper for his handling of the matter, his driving and radio transmission discipline was perfect, and he stayed focused to the point to realize it was just fireworks being shot out of the car, not gun shots which could have created a much more dangerous situation started by thieves who came to victimize our residents last night."
Ferrante also took this opportunity to point out that, "It is against the law in New Jersey to leave your engine running unattended (39:4-53) for this reason."
Incidents of idling cars being stolen are on the rise in Hoboken, as people stop to run errands and carelessly leave the car running.
"The Hoboken Police Department would like to issue a Public Service Announcement regarding driver’s leaving their vehicle(s) running and unoccupied and the practice of storing your keys in the vehicle,” read a statement issued by the HPD in January. “In 2019, the City of Hoboken had 32 vehicles reported stolen in our city. Of the 32 vehicles reported stolen, 9 of those vehicles were left running and unattended.”
The statement continued, "To be clear, it remains the responsibility of the owner/operator to turn off their vehicle, lock the doors and take their keys with them. Please help us keep our city streets safe."
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