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Passaic Sheriff's Officers Chase Stolen Jeep From Paterson To Hawthorne

Alex Mejia Abreu
Alex Mejia Abreu Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF

PATERSON, N.J. -- A mobile license plate reader alerted Passaic County sheriff's officers to a stolen Jeep whose driver led them on a chase into Hawthorne, authorities said Thursday

The reader alerted Officers Eric Blesing and Michael Spadafora to the 2016 Grand Cherokee just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.

Spadafora tried to pull it over, but the Jeep kept going, running lights, he said.

The pursuit ended at Mohawk Avenue and North 8th Street, the sheriff said.

The driver, identified as 20-year-old Alex Mejia Abreu, fled but was caught and charged with eluding, resisting and receiving stolen property. A passenger who also bailed was later released without charges.

Police also gave him several summonses.

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