Police: Man crashes into Jersey City police car after stealing $20 worth of gas

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A man crashed into a Jersey City police car after stealing $20 worth of gas from a station just outside of the Holland Tunnel on Marin Boulevard, authorities said.

Christopher Leonardis. Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.
Christopher Leonardis. Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Christopher Leonardis, 49, of Fords, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, robbery and eluding arrest, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

On Saturday around 9:10 pm, a gas station attendant on Marin Boulevard near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City flagged down Port Authority police and advised them that ta man drove off after allegedly receiving $20 worth of gas without paying, officials said.

The suspect fled and Port Authority police followed the car. Jersey City police were notified of the incident and reportedly attempted to stop the vehicle at 18th and Cole Streets, where the suspect crashed into a marked Jersey City Police patrol car, police said.

The suspect’s vehicle, a 2000 Cadillac sedan drove off after the crash. Following an investigation Port Authority police detectives located and arrested Leonardis in Newark yesterday around 4 p.m., authorities said.

Leonardis’ car was impounded and he was held on $75,000 bail with no 10 percent option, officials said.

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  1. No matter how many insightful comments I make these BOZOS don’t learn Crime Doesn’t Pay — but when it does, boy does it!!! $75,000 bail, but $20 worth of gas… and the price keeps going up! “Bad boys bad boys what you gonna do…” You decide!

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