A Bayonne man was arrested after taking a police car on a joyride before crashing in Brooklyn, according to the Bayonne Police Department.
Frank Suarez, of West 13th Street in Bayonne, was taken into custody by members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD) without incident. Suarez was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal mischief, and numerous speeding violations.
Pursuit across state lines
On Oct. 25 at approximately 11:28 p.m., officers responded to the area of 12th Street and Broadway on a report of a motor vehicle crash. While at the scene investigating the crash, an officer positioned his marked police vehicle on 13th Street and Broadway to divert traffic away from the crash scene.
At the completion of the investigation, the officer proceeded to 13th Street to retrieve his vehicle only to find that it had been stolen. Surrounding police agencies, including NYPD, PAPD, and Jersey City Police Department, were immediately notified and asked to be on the lookout for the stolen police vehicle.
At approximately 12:45 a.m., the Bayonne Police Department was advised by the PAPD that they were involved in a motor vehicle pursuit of the stolen vehicle eastbound on I-278 in Staten Island.
The chase crossed the Verrazano Bridge and continued into Brooklyn.
The pursuit concluded when the stolen police vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle in Brooklyn at the intersection of 23rd Street and 5th Avenue. The exact details of the theft remain under investigation by the Bayonne Police Department.
Captain Eric R. Amato said, “The Bayonne Police Department would like to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the agencies that helped bring this unfortunate incident to a safe and successful resolution.”
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