CRANFORD – A Roselle school board member who allegedly led police on a car and foot chase Monday was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and resisting arrest.
Michael Boyd, 39, was arrested following reports of vehicle burglary in progress on Munsee Drive in Cranford. A witness described the suspect and a black Volkswagon at the scene, but by the time police were able to respond the suspect had left the area.
Officer Derek Farbanec spotted the suspect vehicle on Myrtle Street heading towards Roselle. He attempted to stop it, but it accelerated and attempted to flee into Roselle on Amsterdam Avenue. The officer continued pursuit on First Avenue and Gordon Street in Roselle, but stopped the chase for safety reasons after reaching a residential neighborhood.
Farbanec heard a loud crash and followed the noise to Aldene Avenue, two blocks away, where he found that the suspect vehicle had struck a telephone pole and flipped over. The suspect got out of the car and fled on foot, but police apprehended him following a short foot chase.
The items allegedly taken during the early morning vehicle burglary were recovered at the scene. Boyd was held on $25,000 bail pending a court date.
Boyd was elected to Roselle’s school board last year with the support of Councilman Jamel Holley, who is currently on probation for absentee ballot fraud.
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