PARAMUS, N.J. — Two people who were spotted in a stolen vehicle in Hackensack Wednesday afternoon were arrested following a police pursuit that continued into Paramus and ended with a chain-reaction crash in Fair Lawn that left one driver with life-threatening injuries.
Just after 3 p.m. on July 22, Detective Sergeant John Dalton of the Hackensack Police Department located a 2015 white Chrysler 200 in the Riverside Square Mall parking lot with two occupants inside. A computer check of the vehicle revealed it was reported stolen out of New York. In his unmarked police car, the officer activated his lights and sirens to attempt to stop the stolen vehicle, but the driver sped off onto Route 4 Westbound. Paramus Police were notified and assumed the lead in the chase from there.
As the vehicle, operated by 31-year-old Kenneth Barrer, of Bronx, N.Y., proceeded north into Fair Lawn towards Fair Lawn Avenue via Plaza Road, the Fair Lawn Police Department were notified of the active pursuit. Barrer crashed the Chrysler head-on into a Toyota Rav-4, which had been traveling westbound onto Fair Lawn Avenue. Upon the crash, the Rav-4 caused a chain-reaction crash with three additional vehicles that were stopped in traffic on Plaza Road North at a red light.
Two girls who were waiting to cross Fair Lawn Avenue sustained minor injuries to their legs after flying debris from the car accident struck them. They were treated and released to their parents at the scene.
The driver of the Rav-4, who police did not identify, was transported to St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries to his leg, arm and chest. All other occupants were treated at the scene and released.
Both Barrer and passenger 28-year-old Ebony Rogers-Fields, of Newark, were arrested by Paramus Police. Barrer was charged with assault by auto and issued summonses for eluding, speeding, failure to observe a traffic signal, failure to stop or yield, and careless driving. Both were charged with possession of stolen property.
Rebecca Greene contributed Information to this article.