Four Charged After Motor Vehicle Pursuit

On September 3rd, 2020 at 2:44 AM, Livingston PD pursued a Silver Nissan Sentra into Verona that was eluding them. The vehicle was occupied by four young males. Police suspected the group was involved in motor vehicle burglaries. Verona PD subsequently pursued the vehicle into Cedar Grove onto Fairview Avenue. Cedar Grove Officer Grigolo then took up the pursuit of the vehicle on Fairview Ave from the intersection of Myrtle Ave. The vehicle continued to elude the Cedar Grove Officers, initially, north onto Route 23 into Little Falls then turned back South into Cedar Grove again. The pursuit ended when the Silver Nissan drove behind a commercial business on Sand Park Road and the four occupants fled from the vehicle on foot. They fled into the wooded area between Sand Park Road and Magnolia Lane. Cedar Grove Sgt. Rodriguez apprehended one suspect and the other three were apprehended with the assistance of Fairfield, Livingston, Verona, Totowa, North Caldwell, Little Falls and the Essex and Passaic County Sheriff Departments. One officer sustained a knee injury in the foot chase. No other injuries were reported. It was determined that the vehicle was stolen out of Belleville. Additionally, one suspect was in possession of proceeds from a car burglary in Newark. The subject’s charges included possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, eluding, obstructing, hindering apprehension, disorderly conduct and numerous motor vehicle violations.

            Please continue to lock and remove keys and valuables from your vehicles. It will the deter thefts and discourage this behavior. If you should observe suspicious activity or a crime, contact police immediately. Do not investigate or confront the actors.                                                                                                                        

Chief J. Cirasa