SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Police Department announced the arrest of a suspected car thief on Facebook earlier this afternoon. The incident was a result of a police chase Sunday evening that started in Springfield, and went all the way to Westfield.
According to the Springfield Police Department, the suspect was spotted by Springfield Police Officer ken Novak at approximately 6:30 p.m. on April 19, driving a reported stolen vehicle on Route 22. Novak then attempted to stop the vehicle, at which time, the suspect began fleeing in the car.
Novak pursued the vehicle into Mountainside and then Westfield, where the driver lost control as they attempted to make a right-hand turn onto Bradford Avenue from Mountain Avenue resulting in the vehicle colliding with a stop sign at the intersection, and then striking the corner of a residence in the 500 block of Bradford Avenue, according to Westfield Police.
Following the crash, the driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, ran from the scene, pursued by officer Novak on foot. As he ran after the suspect, officer Novak notified other police units of his location. At that time, Mountainside Police, Westfield Police, and Union County Police were also assisting with the incident.
According to Springfield Police, Officer Boris Yusupov spotted the suspect in the area of Dudley Court and chased after him into a rear yard of a residence, where officers Yusupov and Novak apprehended him, bringing the pursuit to a close.
Bryan Spells Jr., of Newark, NJ, was arrested and charged by police with receiving stolen property, eluding police, resisting arrest, possession of narcotics, and multiple motor vehicle violations.