Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William C. Robinson announced today that the East Orange Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating an incident that resulted in the arrest of a 15-year-old juvenile from Newark.
The juvenile has been charge with assaulting a police officer, receiving stolen property and eluding police. His name is not being released at this time because of his age.
Between midnight and 1 a.m. today a rented Silver Chrysler 200 was stolen from a female at a hotel in Elizabeth near Newark Airport. East Orange police spotted the car in the vicinity of South Orange and Brookwood at shortly before 7 am and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver fled. A pursuit followed. It ended with the juvenile hitting a marked East Orange patrol vehicle broadside.
A 20-year veteran of the East Orange police department sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to University Hospital. He was treated and released.
The investigation is active an ongoing. These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.