CLARK, NJ – Residents of Clark took to Facebook Sunday after noticing multiple Clark police vehicles along with those of other police agencies racing through town. Clark Police have released a statement outlining the incident that preceded the pursuit.
According to the release, at around 4 p.m. on Dec. 10, Clark police officers Pedro Oliveira and Sergeant Kevin Shackleton, along with Cranford police officers took Alsemaj Covington into custody after a police pursuit that ended in Linden.
Covington, a 23-year-old resident of Irvington was driving a white work van that had been reported carjacked at gun point in Irvington. Irvington Police chased Covington onto the Garden State Parkway but eventually broke off the pursuit.
Clark officials said sometime after the van was found in the Florence Drive area of Clark after it had crashed through the fence of a local Garden State Parkway maintenance yard. The van traveled into Cranford next where it was confronted by Cranford patrol units.
The police report Covington rammed several Cranford patrol cars and attempted to run down Cranford police officer Nelson Hearns. Cranford officer Christopher DiFabio continued the chase back into Clark, where both Cranford and Clark officers pursued the vehicle into the Tremley Point area of Linden before finally coming to a stop when it struck a guard rail.
Officers took Covington into custody without further incident. Official statements indicate Covington was charged with second degree eluding and aggravated assault on police and remanded to the Union County Jail.