A high-speed pursuit through Bayonne ended with a Passaic NJ man being placed under arrest and charged with criminal eluding.
According to law enforcement, the 32-year-old suspect was observed by other motorists while driving near Fifth Street and Kennedy Boulevard in Bayonne NJ sometime around 9:00 p.m. The other drivers reportedly saw the suspect recklessly operate a U-Haul truck while driving on the roadway.
The Bayonne Police Department received a call about the suspect’s alleged reckless driving. Bayonne police officers were then dispatched to the area.
When Bayonne New Jersey officers got to the scene, they allegedly saw the suspect speeding and ignoring stop signs. According to authorities, the suspect was placing pedestrians in serious danger.
When police tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle, he allegedly accelerated and tried to drive away.
New Jersey State Police eventually managed to stop the suspect at a service area.
The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with eluding police. He was also cited for a number of traffic violations.
As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2, criminal eluding of a police officer can be classified as a second degree felony if the offender creates a risk of death or injury to another person. A conviction on second degree eluding charges could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The suspect reportedly had a 44-year-old pregnant passenger in his vehicle during the car chase. Thankfully, she was uninjured during the pursuit.
For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Passaic Man with Pregnant Woman in U-Haul Leads Bayonne Police on High-Speed Chase, Cops Say.”