On July 25, 2020 at approximately 12:04 a.m. Police Officer Nicholas Hussey observed a vehicle at Route 22 and New Providence Road which failed to stop for a red traffic signal at the intersection. Upon attempting to stop the vehicle the operator fled Route 22 East at a high rate of speed where it crashed in the vacant lot of Walmart. Both male occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot and were taken into custody after a foot pursuit and search of the area. Union Township Police assisted in taking the suspects into custody.
The operator of the vehicle a 19-year-old male from Hillside was charged with numerous vehicle summons and arrested for Eluding Police, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Drug Paraphernalia.
The passenger, a 19-year-old male from Hillside was charged with Resisting Arrest, Possession of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Drug Paraphernalia.
In the early morning hour of July 24, 2020 at approximately 3:59 a.m. Police Officer Nicholas Hussey observed a vehicle in front of a residence on Old Tote Road with its headlights on. The vehicle fled the area immediately upon observing Officer Hussey and a brief motor vehicle pursuit ensued.
Due to wet roadway conditions the pursuit was terminated and police returned to the area where the vehicle was last seen to search for evidence.
The actors most likely were searching for unlocked vehicles with keys left inside to steal the vehicle.
The Mountainside Police once again remind everyone of the need to lock your vehicles and remove the keys.