NUTLEY, NJ - What started out as a minor traffic accident on Thursday afternoon, ended with the recovery of a stolen pick up truck and two arrested.
The events unfolded shortly before 2 p.m. on Park Ave. when a motorist told a Nutley police officer that they had just been rear ended by a red pick up truck. The officer was engaged in a motor vehicle stop at the time. When the officer tried to get information from the driver of the red pick up, the truck fled the scene and proceeded to Rt. 21. Police in the area gave chase to the truck.
As the truck entered the Rt. 3 ramp, both driver and passenger bailed out of the truck.
The driver of the truck jumped from the overpass and landed about 30 feet below the ramp. He suffered leg injuries. He resisted arrest at first, and was subsequently transported to an area hospital. The passenger fled the scene and was captured by Clifton Police in the area of River Rd. and Delawanna.
Over the course of investigation, it was discovered that the truck was stolen earlier in the day from a contractor's yard in New York.
The driver, Jose Cruz, 21, was charged with resisting arrest, eluding police, and aggravated assault on an officer. Kevin Sucar 25, the passenger, was charged with obstruction and receiving stolen property. Both parties are from Bronx NY.
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