LINDEN – Police arrested a 17-year-old Newark resident in a stolen car early Wednesday morning after he nearly struck a patrol car and led officers on a brief chase, officials said.
The teen was charged with 14 motor vehicle violations, receiving stolen property, eluding police, resisting arrest, and possession of burglary tools. He also had an active Essex County probation warrant. He was transported to the Union County Juvenile Detention Facility, authorities said.
Police were responding to a reported bar fight on East Linden Avenue shortly before 1:30 a.m. on March 2 when they were nearly struck by a 1996 Nissan Maxima that had just been reported stolen from a driveway on the 1900 block of Mildred Avenue.
The officers pursued the stolen car from East Linden Avenue to North Wood Avenue while it ran several red lights, authorities said. The Nissan drove up a curb on onto a lawn on the 2500 block of North Wood Avenue and the driver attempted to escape on foot. Officers Jay Mohr and Martin Jedrzejewski placed the suspect under arrest, police said.
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