Motorcyclists Lead Pursuit Into Roselle

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Published: May 25, 2012 @ 11:59 AM EDT
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On Friday, May 25th, at approximately 11:08 p.m., Patrolman Robert Harms was parked and observing traffic near Chestnut Street at Westfield Avenue when he observed a blue motorcycle stop at the light. A check of the registration revealed that the motorcycle was unregistered.

Patrolman Harms followed and attempted to stop the motorcycle, which then accelerated away and turned southbound over the Walnut Street bridge. The motorcycle continued on Walnut Street then east on East 2nd Avenue at a high rate of speed. Patrolman Harms lost sight of the suspect on East 2nd Avenue and terminated the pursuit.

The driver is described as a white male, 25-30 years old, wearing a black tank top and shorts. Elizabeth and Roselle police departments were notified of the suspects direction of travel.

10 minutes later, at 11:18 p.m., Patrolman Gregory Polakoski observed a white motorcycle being operated in a reckless manner on West Westfield Avenue. Officer Polakoski attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his vehicle’s emergency lights and siren near Walnut Street. The motorcycle disregarded Polakoski’s signals to stop and accelerated away, southbound over the Walnut Street bridge into Roselle. The police officer followed the motorcycle on East 1st Avenue into the City of Elizabeth, where he then lost sight of it on Elmora Avenue. The pursuit was then terminated due to the motorcycles high rate of speed and the reckless manner in which the motorcycle was reportedly being operated.

Both matters are now being investigated by Sergeant Theodore Dima.