Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Motor Vehicle Pursuits Highlight Weekend Police Activities

Fairfield (NJ) Fairfield police officers engaged in two motor vehicle pursuits over the July 14, 2017 weekend resulting in the arrest of one individual. The first pursuit occurred on July 14th at approximately 7:37 P.M. At that time, it is alleged that Wayne police officers were in pursuit of a 2005 Infiniti on Route 23 South for allegedly being involved in CDS distribution. Wayne officers lost sight of the vehicle as it entered the interchange.

At this point, Sergeants John McGrory and Frank Tracey observed the Infiniti enter Fairfield on Route 46 West driving in a reckless manner. The sergeants, who were in the same vehicle, then initiated a pursuit. The vehicle exited onto Fairfield Road via the Gately Overpass and then entered onto Route 46 East. It was at this time that the front seat passenger, identified as Kahail Weeks (24) of Newark, N.J., allegedly jumped out of the vehicle while it was still traveling at an estimated speed of 25-35 MPH. It is alleged that he hit the pavement with such force that his shoes came off and a bunch of pills scattered along the roadway. Weeks allegedly rolled onto the shoulder and was taken into custody by Officer Steven Ptaszynski. It is alleged that the Infiniti continued on Route 46 East, pursued by Sergeants McGrory and Tracey and Officer Stacy Chiarolanza.

As the vehicle approached the XO Lounge in Wayne, the driver stopped it and was taken into custody. He was identified as Rusean Hyde (22) of Newark, N.J. Hyde was turned over to the Wayne Police Department and his vehicle impounded by them. He was eventually criminally charged with eluding and with a variety of motor vehicle summonses.

It is alleged that Weeks had sustained severe injuries to his left leg and ankle. He was eventually transported, in police custody, to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. for treatment. It is alleged that approximately 40 Endocet tablets and 4 Oxycodone tablets were recovered at the scene. Weeks was charged with failure to turn over a controlled dangerous substance to the police and possession of prescription legend drugs. He was released from police custody.

The second pursuit occurred on July 15th in the early morning hours. At approximately 6:25 AM, the Summit Police Department alerted area police departments that they earlier had a 2016 blue BMW stolen from their town. Based upon recent car thefts in the area that were linked to incidents in Union County, Fairfield officers began to flood the residential areas of the town. At approximately 6:39 AM, Sergeant John McGrory was turning onto Jorgenson Lane and observed the stolen BMW pass him. He broadcast the information to the other units. At this time, Officer Steven Ptaszynski observed the vehicle on Hollywood Avenue and attempted to stop it. The vehicle then accelerated and a pursuit was initiated. Due to the excessive speeds and its reckless operation, the pursuit was terminated and the BMW and its occupants were last seen on Route 46 East.

“These car thief predators continue to surface in Fairfield and we will do our best to capture them. But we need our residents to do their part by locking their cars at night and making sure they remove their key fobs from their vehicles” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “They should also immediately report any suspicious activity to the police” the chief said.

(It should be noted that the charges against Hyde and Weeks are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

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