Police Pursuit Started in Catskill, Ended with Crash in Paramus, NJ
Paramus, NJ (11/14/2019) - A police chase of a man accused of having stolen goods in a van started in Catskill, NY, and ended with that van crashing in Paramus, NJ, on Thursday night.
The crash happened around 10:40 pm, 100 miles from where the pursuit began.
Police received a call around 9 pm of a theft involving two males feeling from a store. The van left using U.S. Route 9W and then entered the Thruway heading south.
Police stopped the van on the Thruway in Saugerties where Sheffield C. Brown III, 51, got arrested. The driver sped away during that encounter with many police vehicles following.
The chase ended up in N.J. where the driver, 31-year-old Mark Simpson, rammed five Paramus police cruisers.
Police reported that Simpson attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody. Simpson received charges of five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, eluding law enforcement, and possession of stolen property valued at more than $500. He is in Bergen County Jail, awaiting a bail hearing.
Simpson’s passenger, Brown, received charges in Catskill of two counts of misdemeanor petit larceny. He is jailed with a $3,500 bond.
We would like to express our condolences to those affected by this car accident. These types of accidents are all too common in New Jersey. Unfortunately, they take a lot of time and resources to investigate. Once the cause of the accident is determined and the person or party at fault is identified charges can be brought forward.
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