ELIZABETH — A Dunellen man was found guilty Wednesday afternoon in Union County Superior Court on a charge of second degree eluding, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
According to Assistant Prosecutor Jessica Kahn, who prosecuted the case, on Aug. 24, Port Authority Police Officer Brett Porigow observed Anthony Clay, 39, driving erratically on Routes 1&9 South. When the officer attempted to pull the man over, he gave chase, leading the officer onto the Turnpike and eventually into Elizabeth where he drove through many residential streets, said Kahn.
At one point, Clay pulled into a dead end street and then reversed his car and drove directly into Officer Porigow’s marked police vehicle. At that point Clay exited his car and gave a brief foot chase before he was arrested by Porigow, said Kahn.
A Union County Jury took less than 30 minutes to convict Clay following a two-day trial before Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan.
Clay faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 20.
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