CLINTON – Police arrested a Perth Amboy man who led officers on a high-speed chase on Route 287 on Wednesday, authorities said.
David Rosa, 25, was charged with aggravated assault, eluding, escape, resisting arrest, auto theft and hindering apprehension, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III and Clinton Township Police Director Robert A. Manney.
The Clinton Township Police Department was conducting a motor vehicle stop on Interstate Route 78 East and Petticoat Lane when Sgt. Thomas DeRosa stopped a 2001 Acura for a speeding violation at 4:29 p.m.
The driver of the car, later identified as Rosa, gave officers fictitious information regarding his identity, police said. The officers discovered that Rosa was wanted in Middlesex County on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and a number of drug offenses.
During the arrest, Rosa managed to escape and take a patrol car, officials said. Clinton Township Patrol Officer John Tiger attempted to stop Rosa by pursuing him on Route 78 East and onto Route 287 North, authorities said. The pursuit proceeded onto Route 287 reaching speeds exceeding 100 mph.
The chase ended in an area of Bernard’s Township when Rosa drove the patrol car off Rt. 287 into the median, slowing the vehicle, authorities said. Tiger fired his service weapon to disable the vehicle and placed Rosa into custody, police said.
Tiger and Rosa were both taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released, according to authorities. Rosa’s bail was set at $240,000 by Clinton Township Judge Eric Perkins.
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