PARAMUS, N.J. — Two Newark men who drove off in stolen luxury vehicles from Upper Saddle River this morning are facing charges after a high-speed police pursuit ended in their arrests in Bloomfield.
At around 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, the Upper Saddle River Police Department broadcasted that a black BMW 8-Series had been stolen from the Valero Gas Station on Route 17 northbound. The vehicle used in the theft was a stolen white Infiniti Q50 sedan, its key fob was from East Rutherford. Jawuan Whitted and Tyshad Hawkins, both 18, were behind the wheels of each vehicle and fled the gas station.
Paramus Officers Michael Mordaga and Nicholas Tanelli observed the vehicles speeding down Route 17 south and began to chase the vehicles. Both vehicles escaped from sight of the officers.
A third Paramus Police Officer, William Stallone, observed the BMW and attempted to stop it. At this point, both the Infiniti and BMW entered the Gardens State Parkway southbound from Route 17. Whitted and Hawkins exited the Parkway at Exit 147 and the BMW was able to escape once again.
Officers continued to pursue the white Infinite — which was occupied by four people in ski masks — onto Farrand Street in Bloomfield. The Infiniti then became trapped in a parking lot and the driver deliberately rammed a Paramus police car in an attempt escape the lot. When the Infiniti came to a stop, four suspects fled the vehicle and a foot chase ensued between the Paramus and Bloomfield cops and the culprits. Officer Mordaga captured Hawkins and Bloomfield Police Officer Anthony Batelli captured Whitted.
The other two suspects in the Infiniti were able to escape. After the men were arrested, search of the Infiniti yielded numerous key fobs belonging to other vehicles.
Hawkins and Whitted were transported to the Paramus Police Headquarters where they were booked and processed, and released on their own recognizance. They were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and eluding police.