FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department is actively seeking information on the whereabouts of Tomas Deleone, 22, of Hackensack, who has an active arrest warrant as of Jan. 30 charging him with eluding police in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest by flight and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Fairfield Officer Daniel Moran initiated a motor vehicle stop on Route 46 of a vehicle that clocked doing 70 miles per hour (MPH) in a 50 MPH zone.
The driver, later identified as Deleone, told the officer that he did not have a driver’s license and was also unable to produce credentials for the vehicle, according to police. At this time, Sgt. David Proctor arrived as back up.
According to police, Deleone then provided the officer with a deliberate misspelling of his first name, at which point the officer conducted a computer check. The investigation revealed a picture of Deleone and indicated that he was a wanted by Bergen County authorities for a court violation.
When the officers began to return to Deleone’s vehicle to arrest him, he looked back at the officers, put the car in drive and quickly fled the scene, police said.
Both officers then engaged in a pursuit of the vehicle in an attempt to apprehend Deleone. Based upon the totality of the circumstances and the fact that they had knowledge of who the operator was, the pursuit was terminated in Little Falls.
A radio broadcast of the suspect vehicle was made to area police departments.
Shortly after, the Fairfield police were advised that officers from the Clifton Police Department and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department found the described vehicle disabled in Clifton. Witnesses reported seeing Deleone heading toward the Passaic River.
The area was searched by law enforcement using a K-9, but Deleone was not found. In addition to the criminal charges, Deleone was issued 11 motor vehicle summonses.
Anyone with information regarding Deleone’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.
The Fairfield Police Department noted that all charges against Deleone are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law.