4 Juveniles, 1 Adult Apprehended In Stolen Car Pursuit

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  STAFFORD – Authorities arrested a total of five suspects Friday evening in connection to a stolen vehicle.

  Police were alerted around 10 p.m. about the stolen car traveling in the area of Route 72 and the Garden State Parkway.

  The vehicle, a black 2019 Mercedes GLC, had been reported stolen from Nutley, NJ, police said. It was also linked to a hit-and-run incident involving a pedestrian in Newark earlier that day.

  The vehicle was seen traveling westbound on Route 72 near Marsha Drive and officers attempted to pulled over the car, which resulted in the driver fleeing at a high rate of speed.

  Spike strips were strategically deployed, successfully puncturing the tires of the stolen car. The pursuit continued onto Garden State Parkway North until mile marker 94.5, where the vehicle finally came to a halt.

  All five occupants attempted to flee on foot but were quickly apprehended by law enforcement, police said.

  The suspects apprehended in connection with this incident face charges including Eluding and Receiving a Stolen Vehicle.

  Among the suspect were four juveniles. Two juveniles have been remanded to a Juvenile Detention Center, while the remaining two have been released to their guardians pending future court appearances.

  The fifth suspect, 18-year-old Kyera Green of Newark has been lodged in Ocean County Jail. The driver of the stolen vehicle has been issued several motor vehicle summonses, police said.

  The Stafford Township Police Department extends its sincere gratitude to all assisting agencies involved in this incident, including: the New Jersey State Police, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Brick Police, Nutley Police, and Wall Police.

  All individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.