Last Wednesday, July 20th at before 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Patrolman Richard Gaylord attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on a black motorcycle with no license plate visible.
Upon activating the patrol car’s overhead lights and siren, the driver of the motorcycle ignored the police signals and refused to pull to the side of the road. Instead, according to the report, the driver accelerated and conducted several unsafe maneuvers to elude police – disregarding his safety and that of the public.
The driver eventually traveled into the city limits of Elizabeth where he was apprehended by Roselle Park Police at the intersection of West Grand Avenue and Grove Street.
The driver, Jashar Banks, age 21 and reported as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Roselle, was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Eluding, and the 12 other motor vehicle summonses:
- 39:3-33 – Improper display of plates
- 39:4-81 – Failure to observe traffic signal
- 39:4-82 – Failure to stop for emergency vehicles
- 39:4-85 – Improper Passing
- 39:4-88(b) – Failure to maintain lane
- 39:4-96 – Reckless Driving
- 39:4-97 – Careless Driving
- 39:4-98 – Speeding
- 39:4-115(b) -Failure to stop before making a right turn on red
- 39:4-125 – Improper U-Turn
- 39:4-126 – Failure to signal
- 39:6B-2 – No Insurance
Mr. Banks was transported to Union County Jail in Lieu of $50,000 bail.
The Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) continue to investigate this incident as well as several others involving reckless motorcycle drivers in the area. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact RPPD Headquarters at (908) 245-2300.
The photograph above was distributed by RPPD identifying the person as Jashar Banks.