YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A high-speed police chase that began in Newark ended in Fairview with the arrest of two men after their car rammed several police vehicles and they tried to take off on foot, law enforcement sources with knowledge of the incident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
A police car rammed the red sedan on 8th and Walker streets around 10:50 p.m., 20 minutes or so after the chase began in the area of Lyons Avenue and Fabyan Place in Newark when one of the suspects pulled a gun on an undercover officer, a police source said.
“One of the police cars cornered the car and hit it on 8th Street,” a witness told CLIFFVIEW PILO T. “Then they grabbed the two guys.”
Two New Jersey State Police troopers were hospitalized after their vehicles were rammed during the chase. It wasn’t clear where, NJSP Trooper Alina Spies said.
“Their injuries were minor,” Spies told CLIFFVIEW PILO T. “Both were being evaluated at Hackensack University Medical Center.”
A Hudson County Sheriff’s vehicle was also struck near North Hudson Park, authorities said.
Brandon Clemons, 25, and Tahiry Baskerville, 23, both of Newark, were being held in the Hudson County Jail, Spies said. Both are charged with resisting arrest. Clemons is also charged with eluding.
More charges were expected, the trooper said.
Officers from Newark, Fairview, Cliffside Park, Ridgefield, Secaucus and State Police were involved in the pursuit, which worked its way through several Bergen and Hudson county towns after beginning in Essex.
The route included Routes 78 and 3, Tonnelle Avenue (Rts 1&9) and Palisade Avenue through North Bergen.
“They apparently went all the way to Cliffside [Park] and then came back around through the park in North Bergen and back into Fairview,” the first source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
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