CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police arrested five people for possessing a stolen motor vehicle and attempting to elude officers on Thursday.  

At around 3:33 a.m Lt. Frank Pumphrey observed a 2014 Honda, traveling north on Pompton Avenue with its high beam headlights on. As the officer turned around to attempt a motor vehicle stop, the vehicle went through a red traffic light at West Bradford Avenue and accelerated rapidly west on West Bradford.

Lt. Pumphrey activated his emergency lights and siren to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and continued west across Grove Avenue onto Kenney Street towards the old Essex County Hospital Property.

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When the Honda got to the closed gate prohibiting entry to the property, the driver rammed the gate, knocking it down and dragging it into the property.

The car then began to travel behind the old buildings, before the occupants all exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Following an area search, conducted with the assistance of Verona, North Caldwell, and Essex County Sheriff’s officers, the three adults and two juveniles were apprehended. Police determined the Honda had been stolen while parked in Parsippany earlier in the evening and the owner was not yet aware of the theft.

The driver of the Honda, identified as 18-year-old Rasheed F. Mells of Irvington, was charged with possession of the stolen vehicle, eluding police, resisting arrest and multiple motor vehicle offenses. Mells was processed on all charges and released pending Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on December 1. The adult passengers were identified as 23-year-old Kasim A. Williams of Newark and 20-year-old Sharieff N. Copeland of Newark. Both subjects were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, and obstruction of the administration of the law.

Williams was released pending Superior Court Arraignment and Copeland was turned over to the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department on an outstanding warrant. Both juveniles are to be charged with same offenses. One of the juveniles, a 16-year-old East Orange resident, was transported, and is being held at the Essex County Youth House and the other, a 16-year-old Newark resident,was released to the custody of a guardian, pending Juvenile Court proceedings.

The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs. The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1- 1. All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.