EDISON NJ – A North Brunswick man is under arrest after allegedly leading police on a Veteran’s Day chase in a stolen sport utility vehicle on Route 1 into the Avenel section of Woodbridge where the vehicle struck a pickup and snapped apart a utility pole.
During the pursuit, police said Ibe O. Allah Jr., 18, ignored traffic signals, struck another vehicle near Parsonage Road and, at times, reached high speeds in an orange 2017 Nissan Rogue that was reported stolen in Gloucester County.
Allah is being held in the Middlesex County jail on charges of receiving stolen property, eluding police and possession of controlled dangerous substances for 40 opioid pills that police say they found inside the stolen SUV.
The pursuit began at 9:40 am Monday when Sgt. Michael Cimmino began following the SUV that he saw on Route 1 near Grandview Avenue. Police in Winslow Township had alerted Edison about the missing vehicle, using its GPS to track its location.
Police said the SUV’s driver apparently noticed the sergeant’s marked cruiser, began to maneuver away and then sped north on Route 1 as another Edison cruiser joined the pursuit, police said.
The brief chase ended when the SUV’s driver, later identified as Allah, tried to squeeze between a stopped pickup truck and a utility pole at Route 1 near Smith Street, striking both and snapping the pole.
Officers had to extricate Allah from the damaged SUV before arresting him. Allah refused medical attention for minor injuries that police said he sustained in the accident.