ELIZABETH – An East Orange man was convicted last week of eluding officers following a chase through the towns of Mountainside and Springfield, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced Thursday.
On June 28, 2009, Ricardo Sudlow, 30, was sitting inside a stolen car that was parked in the driveway of an unoccupied home that was under construction. An officer on routine patrol in the neighborhood noticed the suspicious of the vehicle. When he went to investigate, the car took off at a high rate of speed turning onto Rt. 22 East, near New Providence Road, according to Assistant Prosecutor Peter L. Benza, who prosecuted the case.
Two other marked units joined the officer in the pursuit. During the chase, Sudlow crashed into one of the police units, causing damage and impairing ability to control the car, said Benza. Subsequently, the stolen car crashed into a curb and rolled over once before coming to a stop.
Sudlow managed to exit the vehicle and ran across the four lanes of the highway and into a wooded area behind a shopping center. He was apprehended by police a short time later, said Benza.
A jury found Sudlow guilty after about four hours of deliberation and a three-day trial, said Benza. He was found guilty of the following charges: second degree eluding, third degree aggravated assault, third degree receiving stolen property and fourth degree resisting arrest.
He faces up to 10 year in prison when he is sentenced on April 14.
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