LIVINGSTON, NJ — East Mt. Pleasant Avenue was shut down from North Livingston Avenue to Shrewsbury Drive on Tuesday morning following a motor vehicle crash involving a stolen car, according to Livingston police.

Officers were patrolling the area near town center around 3:30 a.m. when they observed a Maserati exiting one of the side streets at a high speed, police said. When the officers followed and attempted to stop the vehicle, which was heading east toward Shrewsbury, they found that it had struck a telephone pole at its base on East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, causing the pole to break in half.

Police also said it appeared that the vehicle likely spun a number of times due to the high rate of speed it was traveling and that it ultimately came to a stop at the corner of Shrewsbury and Mt. Pleasant. The officers immediately requested an ambulance, but then realized the driver had somehow escaped injury and fled the scene on foot.

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It was then discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Millburn, and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department K9 unit responded to the scene to assist in tracking the individual. An initial search of the area turned up negative, according to police.

Both the Livingston and Millburn Police Departments were still actively investigating this incident as of this report on Tuesday. The area was also still shut down due to the danger of the wires hanging from the pole.

According to police, PSE&G is currently in the process of replacing the pole in order to reopen the roadway. In the meantime, all drivers and emergency vehicles are asked to use an alternate route.

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