PATERSON, NJ - A 24-year-old Bloomfield man was arrested and charged with nearly a dozen crimes Saturday, including for possession of a loaded handgun, and possession, with intent to distribute, illegal drugs, after leading Paterson police on a chase that ended in a fiery crash.

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the incident began just after 11:00 p.m. when Detective M. Dombayci observed a Grey Infinity G35 traveling on Memorial Drive towards Broadway with a broken driver’s side mirror. 

After pulling over in the area of Broadway and Straight Street, the driver, identified as Adriano Giordano, is said to have accelerated, spinning his tires, and fled east on Broadway towards Summer Street.

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With police vehicles in pursuit, Giordano allegedly turned off his headlights, swerved around vehicles, ignored traffic signals, and turned right onto Madison Avenue before responding officers lost sight of him. 

Moments laters, Officer Gutierrez reported over the radio that he had observed the suspect’s vehicle traveling East on 14th Avenue with no headlights on. As additional police vehicles headed to the area they were advised that Giordano struck one of the marked units before crashing his own car in a home at 680 East 24thStreet. The crash damaged the porch and caused the police unit to catch on fire. Paterson Fire responded and extinguished the vehicle fire.

Upon arrival at the scene police observed Giordano’s vehicle resting on its driver’s side on the sidewalk in front of the home. The suspect was quickly secured and arrested. A search of Giordano also led to the recovery of a black loaded handgun in his right jacket pocket, a clear plastic bag containing 43 small pink empty vials commonly used to package crack-cocaine,  a clear plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana, and 22 glassine envelopes of heroin stamped “STAR WARS” in multi colored ink.

Girodano was arrested and transported to Paterson Police Headquarters.

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