WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield police officer has been released from the hospital, and four men face a slew of charges following a vehicle chase through four towns, police said Friday.
Responding to a report of shoplifting at the Walgreens at 260 North Ave. East in Westfield at about 8:34 p.m. Thursday, Officer Eric Carrero chased the suspect vehicle into Garwood, Cranford and eventually Kenilworth where the driver stopped on Market Street after hitting Carrero’s patrol vehicle, Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a statement.
Carrero sustained neck and back injuries, as well as multiple contusions and abrasions, as a result of his patrol vehicle being struck by the suspect driver, the chief said. He was treated at an area hospital and has since returned to duty, Battiloro said.
Police arrested Anthony Frazier, 50, Altriq Lampley, 47, Stuart Sanders, 50, and Sumac Shabazz, 46, all of Newark, and charged them each with shoplifting and two counts of receiving stolen property, Battiloro said.
Police charged Lampley, the driver, with eluding, aggravated assault, assault by auto, criminal mischief and hindering apprehension, Battiloro said. The suspects were also treated at an area hospital and then transported to the Westfield Police Department, he said.
Frazier, Sanders and Shabazz were served with summonses and released, Battiloro said. Lampley was served with a complaint warrant and remains in custody, Battiloro said. He will be committed to the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, pending a detention hearing, the chief said.
“Police pursuits are extremely dangerous,” Battiloro said. “And I commend the extraordinary efforts of Officer Carrero in bringing this one to an end without any injuries to innocent civilians.”
Jackie Lieberman and Robert Ramirez contributed to this article.
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