HILLSIDE — Two Newark teenagers were in custody today on charges of carjacking a vehicle in Newark and leading a police chase that ended when the teenagers crashed into tree, authorities said.
Hillside police arrested Yusan Powell, 18, and a 17-year-old male about 6:30 p.m., Det. Lt. Vincent Ricciardi said.
After Newark police issued an alert about a carjacking of a black 2003 BMW 325, a Hillside officer observed the stolen vehicle minutes later near North Broad Street, Ricciardi said.
He said the officer chased the driver, later identified as Powell, to the intersection of Williamson Avenue. When the car became stopped in traffic, the officer tried to block the carjackers from continuing, but Powell then struck the police cruiser and sped west on Grumman Avenue, the lieutenant said.
He said Hillside police pursued Powell into Newark's Weequahic Park, but as the fleeing driver tried to exit the park, he crashed into a tree near Meeker and Elizabeth Avenues.
Ricciardi said the two suspects fled on foot, but Hillside officers stopped them moments later. Newark police arrived on the scene to tow the carjacked vehicle, he said.
Hillside police charged Powell with attempting to elude officers, aggravated assault on a police, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.
The juvenile, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged with receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.
Both were turned over to Newark police to face charges for carjacking and other offenses, Ricciardi said.