LINDEN – A police chase that injured an officer and went through Linden and Roselle ended when the suspect’s car hit another vehicle and went airborne before landing on its roof and striking a house on the 1000 block of Seib Avenue in Elizabeth Saturday, authorities said.
The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as Anibal Camacho, 30, of Elizabeth, was treated at the scene for a head laceration and was taken to University Hospital in Newark before being released to police custody, authorities said. Camacho was charged with eluding police, aggravated assault on a police officer, driving while intoxicated and several motor vehicle violations. Bail was set at $50,000. Linden Police Officer Philip Palma did not require medical attention.
On Nov. 5 at 9:59 p.m., Linden Police officers on patrol spotted a 1999 Honda with a loud muffler traveling on East St. Georges Avenue. After running a license plate check, the officers determined that the vehicle’s registration had expired, authorities said. They attempted to pull it over, but the vehicle sped away.
On the 1300 block of East St. Georges Avenue, the driver of the Honda lost control and went up onto the sidewalk. As officers approached the vehicle, the Honda backed up and nearly struck Palma, who dove out of the way and hit his right elbow on his patrol car, police said.
The chase continued into Roselle, where police said the Honda struck a Roselle patrol car, and went back into Linden as it continued on Chandler Avenue. After turning onto East Elizabeth Avenue and crossing North Park Avenue, the Honda struck a parked vehicle on Fay Avenue at the Elizabeth border, police said.
The car went airborne and landed on its roof. The injured driver attempted to flee on foot, police said, but he was placed under arrest.
The criminal charges against Camacho are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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