Cops: NJ man strikes police vehicles in wild chase; two officers injured

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

PITTSTON TWP. — Two law enforcement officers were injured when a man from New Jersey allegedly rammed into their vehicles during a wild chase that ended with a crash on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday.

Authorities arrested Stephen Nicholas Reid, 31, of Jersey City, after he crashed into a tree along the southbound lanes of the turnpike just after 8:30 a.m., according to court records.

A township cruiser, a state police cruiser and a vehicle used by U.S. Marshals were damaged during the pursuit.

According to a criminal complaint:

Two deputy U.S. Marshals were conducting an investigation in the area of the Knights Inn on Route 315 when Reid, operating a Nissan, pulled into traffic and cut off another motorist at about 8:25 a.m.

The two deputies assisted by township police and state police conducted a traffic stop on Route 315.

Reid stopped and gave a fake name to the deputies.

As authorities were attempting to learn Reid’s true identity, he sped away, turning onto Oak Street and crashing into a township cruiser. Reid then turned around, doing doughnuts on Oak Street and crashing into the Marshals vehicle with enough force that it struck a state police cruiser.

The chase continued as Reid turned onto Route 315 and the on-ramp to the turnpike, where he made a U-turn and traveled on the turnpike’s off-ramp toward Route 315. Reid then drove through a field and turned toward the turnpike, traveling south at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Reid continued south on the turnpike until he traveled up an embankment and struck a tree.

He abandoned the wrecked vehicle and ran into the woods. He was captured after officers gave chase.

A deputy U.S. Marshal and a state police corporal were injured and treated at a local hospital.

Reid was arraigned by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Wilkes-Barre on charges of aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, driving with a suspended license and three traffic and vehicle code violations. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

By Ed Lewis

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