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Sparta Police: Three Arrests in Motorcycle Chase Over 100 MPH

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SPARTA, NJ - Three Bronx motorcycle riders face multiple charges after leading police on an early morning, high speed chase through several towns.  Sparta Police were advised by Jefferson police that the men were driving erratically on Route 15 north on July 21 around 3 a..m. police report.

Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido clocked the lead bike at 104 m.p.h. and gave chase.  The three motorcyclists left Route 15 going onto Main Street and then West Mountain Road in an apparent effort to elude the police, according to police.

Guido reported the speed to be over 100 m.p.h. on West Mountain Road.  At that point the shift commander Cpl. Rubino called off the chase fearing for the safety of the community.  Sparta dispatch notified surrounding towns with a description of the motorcyclists, police report.

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A few minutes later Hardyston police reported the three had turned down a dead-end street.  Guido and Rubino responded to the location and were able to identify the three as having been the ones speeding through town earlier, police report.

All three were arrested and taken to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing.  The motorcycle riders were Christopher Pena-Jimenez, 23, Isaias Vasquez-Encarnacion, 27 and Jose Fernandez, 39.

They were all charged with resisting and eluding.  Vasquez-Encarnacion was also charged with speeding, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to use signal, improper passing and failure to keep right.  Fernandez and Pena-Jimenez face the same charges except for speeding.  Due to the serious nature of the eluding charge all three men were sent to Newton Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility to wait for their court appearance.

All three motorcycles were impounded and may be subject to forfeiture according to police.   

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