According to police, the 57-year-old Franklin Borough man evaded Vernon patrol officers in a 2005 Ford Mustang.
As the suspect allegedly sped toward the state line separating New Jersey from New York, the patrol officers contacted police in Warwick NY and asked for assistance. Warwick is located approximately 45 miles northwest of New York City.
Warwick police then set up spike strips intended to disable the suspect’s car as he drove past them. When the suspect crossed the state line and entered Warwick, he hit the spike strips.
The spikes punctured three tires on the suspect’s vehicle. However, the suspect reportedly managed to drive for another 14 miles on the vehicle’s rims. Remarkably, the suspect was still able to reach speeds in excess of 75 mph.
The suspect eventually turned back toward New Jersey.
The suspect did not make it back to the Garden State. He lost control of his car near Route 94 South and Warwick Turnpike. He then allegedly got out of his vehicle and tried to flee the area on foot.
Police officers from Vernon and Warwick eventually captured the suspect with the assistance of a K-9 dog.
After being apprehended by police, the suspect was transported to a nearby hospital. He received treatment for injuries suffered during the car chase. He also received treatment for his exposure to the extreme cold weather.
Thus far, the suspect has been charged with reckless driving. However, police are still investigating the case and it is likely that the suspect will face additional charges in New Jersey.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Led Police on a Two-State Chase While Driving on Rims, Police Say.”