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Multi-Town Police Chase Ends In Route 17 Crash In Paramus

The Crown Vic blew a rear tire and hit a pole.
The Crown Vic blew a rear tire and hit a pole. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Chuck Bravo
COURTESY: Donna Cannestro
COURTESY: Donna Cannestro Video Credit: Daily Voice Bergen County

PARAMUS, N.J. -- A chase ended Friday when the driver pursued by police blew a rear tire and crashed the vehicle into a pole on Route 17 in Paramus.

Police took the suspect into custody as workers at a nearby office building watched the drama end ( see video above ).

An Englewood traffic officer tried pulling the white Crown Victoria over and it sped off, eventually heading west on Route 4.

An alert was issued for the vehicle, which apparently was a decommissioned police cruiser. It had a spotlight attached to the driver's side and no front license plate, responders said.

Paramus police ended up chasing the sedan from northbound Route 17 onto the northbound Garden State Parkway before the driver turned off into Washington Township.

Township police picked up the chase, as the driver "began dumping stuff from the car" on Ridgewood Road, one said.

The pursuit eventually returned to Route 17 -- this time headed south -- with more than a dozen police cars involved. Soon after, the rear tire was down to the rim before the vehicle crashed.

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