CLARK, NJ — An Elizabeth man who led Clark and Cranford officers on a chase Saturday afternoon is facing multiple criminal charges and 39 motor vehicle summonses, police said.
At approximately 3 p.m. Clark Police received a call that someone was trying to burglarize or steal a car at the construction site at the intersection of Westfield and Brant avenues, according to Clark Lieutenant Chris Lott.
A Clark police officer found a car in the area matching the description given by the caller, police said. When he attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect took off, police said. As he fled, 24-year-old Engerbel Bonano Seijas hit a car on Florence Drive in Clark and continued traveling toward Cranford, according to police.
The chase continued as the officer pursued Seijas on Centennial Avenue, until the suspect crashed into a tree, Lott said. The driver lost his shoes, as he jumped out of the car and ran until he was apprehended within minutes by Cranford police, according to Lott.
Lott added that after further investigation, police discovered that the suspect had tried earlier in the day to enter a vehicle at Cardsmart on Westfield Avenue in Clark. His attempt failed when the mom of two children in the car managed to scare him off.
Seijas was committed to the Union County Jail. Lott said he was charged with two counts of motor vehicle burglary, one count of eluding police, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of eluding by flight. Clark Police issued 19 motor vehicle summonses to the suspect and Cranford issued an additional 20, police said.
There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident. Lott said the vehicle used in this incident was stolen and had been pursued by Hillside police on Friday night.