Police: Man drives into pole after trying to steal food from Jersey City Burger King


A Connecticut man drove into a telephone pole after trying to steal food from the drive-through of a Jersey City Burger King, police said. 

Brian Henry. Photos courtesy of Port Authority police.
Brian Henry. Photos courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Brian Henry, 32, of Stamford, Connecticut, was charged with unlawful taking of auto, theft of services, hindering apprehension, driving as an unlicensed operator, driving with a revoked license and leaving the scene of an accident, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

On Friday around 1:30 p.m., Port Authority police near the Holland Tunnel responded to a motor vehicle accident at the Burger King on 12th Street in Jersey City, authorities said.

Authorities saw a 2013 white GMC U-Haul pick-up truck which had struck a light pole in the restaurant’s parking lot. It was reported that the driver had crashed the truck after he took a bag of food he had ordered from the drive-through window and drove off without paying.

Port Authority police saw the suspect matching the description that had been provided. When the suspect saw the officer, he fled on foot, eastbound on 12th Street. The officer pursued the suspect, intercepted him and placed him under arrest, police said.

Further investigation found that the U-Haul truck had been rented by a person other than Henry and that it had been reported overdue for return as of December 19th, officials said.

Additionally, the suspect provided police with a fictitious social security number, but records showed his license had been revoked and he was the subject of a warrant out of Jersey City, authorities said.

He was in possession of a TD Bank debit card under another person’s name, as well as a second debit card in a name other than his own – which had already been cancelled by the bank, police said.

Furthermore, a search of the pick-up truck yielded a glass pipe, allegedly used for smoking crack cocaine. He wast then transported to Hudson County Correctional Facility and the truck was impounded, officials said.


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