Police & Fire

Mississippi 18-Wheeler Chase Yields Man Sought for Roxbury Car Theft

Jason Earl Wright Credits: Wendover Police Department

ROXBURY, NJ – A Nevada man who was arrested in Mississippi last month after trying to run from police in a stolen tractor-trailer swung through Roxbury beforehand and stole an Audi from a Ledgewood used car lot, according to police.

The man, Jason Wright, of West Wendover, Nevada, faces Roxbury charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief in addition to charges in Utah for felony assault with a weapon and charges in Mississippi for possessing the stolen 18-wheeler, eluding police and resisting arrest, authorities said.

Roxbury police’s brush with Wright’s escapade took place on the morning of July 17 when officers went to Bloom Auto Group on Route 46 West in Ledgewood to investigate a burglary, police said. “Upon arrival, it was determined that a 2006 Audi A3 and 10 sets of keys had been stolen from the business,” they said. “Surveillance footage revealed the suspect forcefully entered the building and was seen taking the keys. He exited the building and took an Audi from the parking lot.”

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Police said the Audi was seen leaving the lot, followed by a gray convertible sedan with black rims and a black convertible top. Police radioed an alert to surrounding departments, a broadcast that resulted in a call to Roxbury Police Cpl. Jake Field from Mount Olive Police Detective Eric Krouse.

The detective said his department investigated an abandoned vehicle fire the day before, police said. “Detective Krouse identified the burned vehicle as a gray BMW with black convertible top and black rims,” the said. “The BMW vehicle identification number was registered to Jason E. Wright, out of Nevada.”

Three days later, police in Mississippi got a “hit” on Wright’s Nevada license plate, police said. The plate – the one missing from the burned car found in Mount Olive - was on the Audi stolen from Roxbury, they said.

Write was charged July 27, by police in Mississippi, with possession of a stolen vehicle and eluding police. According to a report by The Meridian Star, Wright and a Utah woman, Rebecca Ziglar, were found in a tractor-trailer that had been stolen from Arkansas. They were charged following a police chase that eventually require the use of “spike strips" on an interstate highway, according to the report.

On August 23, Roxbury Township Police Detective Lt Dean Adone and Roxbury Police Cpl. Jake Field flew to Mississippi to file extradition papers against Wright on the Roxbury charges, police said.

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