MAHWAH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Bergen County) – The New Jersey State Police have arrested two Connecticut men after they led a trooper on a vehicle pursuit through two counties and one man allegedly pointed a gun at the pursuing trooper, state police said.
On Sunday, Dec. 13, at around 11:08 a.m., a trooper attempted to stop a Jeep Cherokee, driven by Theron Brown, 22, of Bridgeport, for a traffic violation on Interstate 287 north at milepost 44 in Boonton Township, Morris County, state police said.
When the trooper activated his emergency lights, Brown refused to stop and continued traveling northbound, state police said.
Through a preliminary investigation, during the pursuit, Newell leaned out of the passenger-side window and pointed a handgun directly at the trooper. The trooper took evasive action, striking the concrete barrier in the center median, but continued to pursue the suspects, state police said.
In the area of milepost 66.5 in Mahwah Township, Newell threw the weapon from the car. He continued to throw objects form the vehicle as they continued south on State Highway 17, state police said.
The suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot in the area of Continental Soldier Field at Ramapo College. After a brief foot pursuit, both suspects were apprehended by troopers and officers from the Mahwah Township Police Department, state police said.
During the foot pursuit, Newell attempted to discard a 9mm handgun. It was later recovered in a wooded area by a trooper and an officer from Mahwah Police Department.
Montville Police recovered a 9mm handgun with an extended magazine on Interstate 287 at milepost 66.5. Troopers recovered two additional 9mm handguns in the area of the Interstate 287 and Route 17 south interchange. A total of four 9mm handguns were seized, state police said.
Newell was charged with aggravated assault, four counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, four counts tampering with evidence, four counts hindering, possession of hollow point ammunition, and possession of a high-capacity magazine.
Brown was charged with four counts unlawful possession of a weapon with a prior conviction, four counts unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow point ammunition, possession of a high-capacity magazine, certain persons not to possess a firearm, and eluding.
Both were lodged at the Hudson County Jail pending a bail detention hearing, state police said.