Teenager wanted for stealing police vehicle in New Jersey, 2 others arrested after injuring police officer

Teenager wanted for stealing police vehicle in New Jersey, 2 others arrested after injuring police officer

SECAUCUS, N.J. (WABC) – Police in New Jersey are searching for the thief who stole a patrol car early Monday morning.

It began when officers attempted to arrest a group of juveniles as they drove out of Jersey City in a stolen vehicle at around 2:42 a.m.

Police discovered the stolen 2018 Jeep Wrangler at a gas station in Secaucus.

When police attempted to stop the vehicle, it rammed two occupied Secaucus Police vehicles.

One officer suffered a knee injury.

The passenger, a 16-year-old boy, and the driver, a 15-year-old boy, ran from the scene of the accident and were arrested by police.

A third suspect, a passenger in the back seat of the stolen Jeep, got into a marked police vehicle and sped away.

The police pursued him in their own vehicles, with the suspect allegedly reaching speeds of over 160 km/h.

He managed to escape, but left the police car in Hillside.

The suspect is still on the run.

“The 15-year-old male driver was released from the electronic wristband program just last month after a previous arrest for violence and is now reoffending,” said Police Chief Dennis Miller. “Despite being 15 and 16 years old, these juveniles are criminals and their actions reinforce my belief that they will continue to commit crimes without fear of consequences. It must be recognized that our juvenile justice system must be reformed to hold juveniles accountable or this recidivism will continue. We must recognize that not every juvenile can be rehabilitated and must give prosecutors the resources necessary to prosecute these criminals or they will continue to plague our communities. I also want to thank all of the agencies that assisted us, including the Kearny and Hillside Police Departments, the New Jersey State Police and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.”

The 15-year-old driver was charged with grievous bodily harm, illegal possession of weapons (vehicle possession), receiving stolen goods, damage to property, resisting state authority and conspiracy to deal in receiving stolen goods.

He was booked into the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.

The 16-year-old passenger was charged with receiving stolen goods, resisting arrest and conspiracy to receive stolen goods. He was released to his parents pending his appearance in family court.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Secaucus Police Department Detective Division at (201) 330-2052 or [email protected].

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