VERNON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A New York man who allegedly led police on a chase from New York to New Jersey Thursday morning surrendered after the reported stolen car he was driving ran out of gas.
The incident began at 12:45 a.m., when township police were notified by Warwick, NY police that they were attempting to stop a small sedan heading south on Route 94 into Vernon Township, police said.
Officer John Gales responded to the area where he located the Hyundai traveling south on Route 94 and proceed onto County Route 515 with a Warwick police car attempting to pull the vehicle over, police said.
A check on the vehicle license plate came back that it was reported stolen out of the Bronx, NY, police said.
Officer Gales proceeded south on County Route 515 with Warwick Police and attempted to pull the Hyundai over, police said.
The Hyundai stopped on County Route 515 at the intersection of State Hwy 23 in Hardyston Twp. It was later determined the vehicle had run out of gas, police said.
Officer Gales took the driver–later identified as Charles Victorero, 26, of the Bronx, NY– into custody and he was arrested without incident, police said.
Victorero was charged with theft, eluding, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was then lodged in the Sussex County Jail.
The owner of the Hyundai was contacted and the vehicle was returned, police said.