FAIRFIELD, NJ – A 15 year old from Newark was recently arrested in Fairfield and charged with being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle, eluding police and resisting arrest on Tuesday following a car chase that involved two stolen vehicles and several police jurisdiction, according to police.
At approximately 3:50 a.m., Fairfield Officer Jayson Sickles was monitoring westbound traffic on Route 46 near the Crowne Plaza hotel when he observed two vehicles travelling toward him at high speeds of about 76 miles per hour (MPH) in a 50 MPH zone. The vehicles then exited at the Two Bridges Road exit ramp, drove through the red light and drove back onto Route 46 East.
Sickles reported that when he attempted to stop both vehicles by activating his emergency lights and siren, both vehicles accelerated and actively attempted to elude the officer.
A motor vehicle pursuit ensued through the towns of Wayne, Totowa, Little Falls, Montclair and ultimately onto Route 3 in Clifton. According to police, several agencies from those jurisdictions assisted in the pursuit.
When one of the vehicles entered onto Route 3 in Clifton near the Main Avenue exit, it crashed into the back of an empty cargo fuel trailer being pulled by a semi-tractor, police said. The other vehicle continued past the crash and was pursued by other police agencies onto Route 21, at which time the pursuit was discontinued.
At the crash site, the juvenile suspect was taken into custody and eventually transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment. Upon release, he was returned to the Fairfield Police Department for processing.
Subsequent investigation revealed that both of the vehicles, a Nissan Rogue and an Infiniti G35, had been stolen from driveways in Lincoln Park and had not yet been reported to authorities. Additionally, police determined that a number of other vehicles in the same Lincoln Park neighborhood had also been burglarized with items taken.
In addition to the criminal charges, the suspect was issued 20 motor vehicle summonses.