Newark NJ police arrested a man accused of causing a serious car accident while fleeing from police and then claiming that he had been the victim of a carjacking attempt.
The strange incident occurred around 1:00 a.m. Detectives with the Newark Police Department Special Enforcement Unit were patrolling the area near the Betty Shabazz housing complex in Newark NJ when they reportedly saw the suspect speeding on the roadway. The suspect, who was driving a Nissan, allegedly accelerated to an even greater speed when he noticed the Newark police officers trailing behind him and flashing their emergency lights.
The Newark NJ detectives gave pursuit, with the chase eventually ending when the suspect crashed his vehicle into a parked car near the intersection of Avon Avenue and South 10th Street in Newark, New Jersey.
Police officers were able to apprehend two female juvenile passengers in the Nissan. However, the suspect was able to temporarily escape.
The two minors were treated for minor injuries sustained in the car accident.
Meanwhile, police officers searched the motor vehicle and allegedly discovered 50 grams of marijuana and a semi-automatic handgun.
Several hours after the auto accident, Newark police located the driver of the car. He reportedly told police that his vehicle had been carjacked and that he was not the driver at the time of the car crash. However, law enforcement officers did not believe the suspect because Newark detectives were able to identify him as the driver.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with numerous crimes, including illegal handgun possession, simple possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, eluding police, and criminal mischief. The suspect was also charged with filing a false police report because he allegedly lied about being a carjacking victim.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Lied about Carjacking after Drugs, Gun found in Vehicle, Police Say.”