UNION COUNTY, NJ – A 36-year-old Elizabeth man is in custody and a second suspect is on the loose after leading officers on an approximately 10-mile police chase through Union County Sunday night, police said.
The chase followed an attempted robbery of a 56-year-old Elizabeth woman at 10:38 p.m. on Canton Street in Elizabeth, police said. Shortly after, officers saw a vehicle that had been used in the incident and attempted to stop it on West Grand Street when the suspects fled, Elizabeth Police Lt. Michael Kelly said.
“The pursuit went from Elizabeth into Scotch Plains, where the suspect’s vehicle rammed one of our police cars,” Kelly said. “Both occupants bailed out.”
With the assistance of a Union County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, officers found the driver, Quinn Latney, on foot and attempted to find the second man but were unable to do so, he said. Police said a gun was found.
One officer suffered a hand injury when his car was rammed in the incident, Kelly said. The officer has since been released from the hospital, he said.
The police chase went through North Avenue in Westfield, police there said. It ended on Concord Road, which is a cul-de-sac, in Scotch Plains, police said.
Authorities charged Latney with attempted armed robbery, eluding, aggravated assault on police and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, Kelly said.
The second man remains at large as the investigation continues, Kelly said. Police did not immediately have a full description of the second man, he said.
Scotch Plains residents in the neighborhood were told that night to go inside and lock their doors, police said.
“There is no reason to believe the suspect is still in the area at this time,” Scotch Plains Police Lt. David Smith said Monday morning.
Authorities in Scotch Plains advised residents with security footage of the incident to contact police at 908-322-7100.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.