WESTFIELD, NJ — A police chase that began in Springfield ended with a crash into a home in the town's First Ward Sunday evening, authorities and witnesses said.
Neighbors heard a loud bang around 6:15 p.m. and found what Bradford Avenue resident Kevin Swenson described as a “tremendous police presence” including 15 to 18 police vehicles from Springfield, Westfield, Mountainside and Union County's police department at the corner of Bradford and Mountain avenues.
Swenson said it appeared from the scene that the driver of a vehicle coming from the direction of Route 22 lost control and hit the house located at the intersection.
“The stop sign went flying into the house, and his vehicle hit the house as well,” Swenson said.
Messages left with spokespersons for both the Westfield Police Department and town were not returned Monday morning.
Messages left with a Springfield Police Department spokesman also were not returned.
The Union County Police Department provided assistance, a spokesman for the department confirmed.
“We assisted Springfield with a motor vehicle pursuit that ended in Westfield,” said the spokesman, Sebastian D’Elia. “County PD had no arrests and were not the initiating agency. We were strictly providing assistance, therefore, we have no reports on the incident.”
Mountainside Police Chief Joseph Giannuzzi said his department provided assistance, but he also had few details to offer.
“One of our police officers assisted with it, but we didn’t initiate it,” Giannuzzi said. “It was through Springfield.”
This story will be updated if and when more information becomes available.
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