Saturday, February 23, 2008

Newark Police Chase Ends with Crash on Smith Street

NYPD Was On The Scene Too., originally uploaded by woodendesigner.

Anyone that was out last night on Smith Street near Atlantic Avenue (and certainly anyone that was there when it happened) probably noticed a huge commotion. It was the aftermath of a police chase that started in Newark, crossed New Jersey into Manhattan, and ended with a crash at Smith Street and Pacific. The chase started in Newark around 6PM when the police stopped a man driving a "dark sedan," according to the Daily News. The driver closed a window on a cop's hand, leading him to drop his gun into the car (which may or may not have fired, depending on the report. The driver put the car in reverse, hit another cop and took off. The police opened fire, shooting him in the hand. A chase ensued, through the Holland Tunnel, over the Manhattan Bridge before finally ending at Smith and Pacific when the vehicle went the wrong way down Smith, hit a van head on and was rear ended by Newark Police car. An email on the Boerum Hill Group had this to say about the aftermath:
Walking home this evening, I witnessed MAJOR police activity on Smith & Pacific. The whole area was cordoned off to pedestrians and vehicles. There were numerous Newark NJ police cars and NJ Highway patrol cars, in addition to NYPD.
Fortunately there were no major injuries.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone find it a bit scary that a police chase in Newark couldn't be stopped before Brooklyn? They can't close off the tunnel or a bridge?

I can't imagine them running the entire way without traffic. Impressive.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, just like the good old days.

2:25 PM  

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