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Police: Drug Dealer Rams Newark Police Car, Crashes on I-78

Bridgewater resident reportedly led police on stop-and-go pursuit through heavy traffic

A Bridgewater man was arrested in Newark Tuesday after leading police on a wild chase through the city and ramming a police car, Det. Todd McClendon said in a statement.

Around 4 pm yesterday, members of the Newark Police Department’s fugitive unit witnessed what appeared to be a drug deal between a motorist and a pedestrian at Clinton and Thomas streets. When officers turned around to investigate, the pedestrian fled on foot and the motorist, 38-year-old Joshua Hilderbrand, sped off, McClendon said.

Police pursued the vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Avenger, to Pennsylvania Avenue, where Hilderbrand came to a stop. When officers left their car to approach Hilderbrand’s vehicle, however, he took off again.

Still in pursuit, police pulled alongside Hilderbrand’s car near Rt. 21 and Miller Street, where he was stuck in traffic. Hilderbrand reportedly put the car in reverse, hitting a police car and another vehicle, then took off again south along Rt. 21 towards I-78. An occupant of the vehicle was hurt and taken to University Hospital.

Police arrested Hilderbrand after one of his tires blew out on I-78 and he struck a light pole and highway barrier. Hilderbrand sustained minor injuries in the crash, McClendon said. 

Hilderbrand, who was reportedly seen throwing items out of the window in the course of the pursuit and had cocaine and heroin in the car, was charged with several narcotics offenses as well as eluding, resisting arrest and aggravated assault. He was also charged with using his car as a weapon.

Greg Millstein February 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM
And then people wonder how drugs get into their Lily White Neoghborhoods!!!
Luis Reyes May 15, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Your honor please give this punk 3 years flat, no bail, no probation. Get him in his track. This is the only way to have justice served and respect to the police officers. Had he stopped , he might had a better chance of getting away of the mess he had created for himself and family as well.

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