Video Shows Nypd Helicopter Pilots Masterfully Tracking BMW Thief Who Fled NJ State Police

The NYPD has shared a video of its aviation unit tracking a New Jersey car thief in Manhattan.

The NYPD helicopter tracks a BMW that fled New Jersey State Police.

The NYPD helicopter tracks a BMW that fled New Jersey State Police.

Photo Credit: NYPD

Just after pilots finish explaining how technology inside of the helicopter assists police work, they're notified of a felony vehicle — a white BMW with New York plates on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, on Monday, Feb. 26.

They follow the vehicle from the air as it sits in traffic on the Belt Parkway.

As the BMW heads east on the Belt Parkway, the NYPD learns that the vehicle had fled from New Jersey State Police, in Warren County New Jersey, an officer in the video can be heard saying.

The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Michael Perez, of Great Neck, NY, gets out of the vehicle on the Van Wyck Expressway, and appears to take a photo of the helicopter.

He then got back in the car and continued the pursuit, heading into a parking garage at Jamaica Medical Center.

Unfortunately for Perez, NYPD officers on the ground were being directed by the pilots in the sky. Perez was arrested inside the garage. Perez was charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

"We got him brother," the pilots said, congratulating each other. "We got him."

Daily Voice has reached out to NJSP for information on the New Jersey pursuit.

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