NJ man steals fire engine from fire scene, cops say
NEWARK – A one-eyed Newark bandit celebrated his July 4th birthday by taking a city firefighting vehicle on a ride, crushing it 20 miles away after leading police in a chase, said responsible.
As firefighters grappled with a car blaze on Avon and Peshine Avenues, Hector Perez, 47, jumped into a Newark Fire Division vehicle and sped around 4:10 p.m., police said.
Police from surrounding communities kept tabs on Perez, spotted him in Fairview and possibly Ridgefield Park, officials said.
Perez was caught after driving on a dead end road and crashed into 200 Industrial Way. Police said he was not injured.
“This suspect not only put his own life at risk, but put the lives of countless drivers and pedestrians across town and outside of Newark at risk by illegally operating a public safety vehicle,” said Monday. Newark Director of Public Safety Brian A. O’Hara in a statement. declaration. “I am grateful that he was apprehended before injuring someone or himself.”
Perez was charged with aggravated assault, theft, burglary, escape and possession of a weapon.
Perez has a criminal record that includes convictions for robbery, burglary, resisting arrest, and escaping from prison.
He has already been locked up this year. Essex County Jail records show he was released from that facility in May.
New Jersey 101.5 was unsure Monday if Perez had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Sergio Bichao is the digital editor of New Jersey 101.5. Send them topical advice: Call 609-775-9793 or email [email protected]
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