One adult and three teenagers were arrested for crashing into a parked vehicle after getting caught attempted to break into parked cars, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Yesterday at approximately 5:44 a.m., Secaucus police responded to Central Lane and Luhmann Terrace on a report of three men attempting to gain entry into parked vehicles, Miller said in a statement.
The trio were reported to be accompanied by a black Honda Civic. Police Officer Alex Witrock arrived in just under one minute and located the black Honda Civic on Laurel Court.
He attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver, a 17-year-old male, disregarded the signal to stop and reversed, crashing into a parked vehicle. In a further attempt
to flee, the vehicle was driven across the front lawn of a residential home.
Witrock and Police Officer Dwight Wise ordered the occupants out of the vehicle, but the vehicle accelerated and narrowly missed striking Wise, who was forced to jump out of the
way. The vehicle then struck a fence and came to a halt.
Davion Jones, 18, along with the 17-year-old male driver, and the 15-year-old male and 17-year-old male passengers, all of Newark, were placed under arrest. At the time of their arrest, proceeds from a vehicle that was burglarized on Central Lane were recovered.
Additionally, the Honda Civic was found to be stolen from Roselle Park earlier in the night. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.
“I commend the resident for immediately calling police to report the incident and acknowledge we cannot do our jobs successfully without the community’s partnership,” added Miller.
“I also commend and highlight the restraint by my officers in not using deadly force,
despite being presented with an immediate danger created by these individuals who are clearly not frightened by our criminal justice system.”
Jones and all of the juveniles were each charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, as well as conspiracy to commit burglary and theft.
Additionally, Jones was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of using a juvenile in the commission of a crime.
Furthermore, the 17-year-old driver was also charged with eluding, aggravated asssault on a police officer, and unlawful possession of a weapon (the stolen vehicle). He was also wanted on five active burglary warrants for out of Livingston.
Jones and all of the juveniles were charged and released pending their appearance in court, pursuant to criminal justice/juvenile justice reform.