At about 10:28 last night, Bayonne Police responded to the area of Broadway and 12th Street after receiving a report of a motor vehicle accident. According to Captain Eric Amato, while at the scene investigating the crash, one of the officers positioned his marked, police cruiser at the intersection of 13th Street and Broadway in order to divert traffic away from the accident.
According to Captain Amato, when the officer returned to retrieve his police car following the conclusion of the motor vehicle crash investigation, he discovered the car had been stolen. Neighboring police agencies were immediately notified. These included the Jersey City Police Department, the Port Authority Police and the New York City Police Department, who were asked to be on the lookout for the stolen Bayonne Police vehicle.
At 12:45 this morning, Bayonne Police were notified by the Port Authority Police that they were in pursuit of the stolen police car on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 278 in Staten Island.
According to Captain Amato, the chase ended when the driver of the stolen, Bayonne Police car crashed into another vehicle which was parked at the intersection of 23rd Street and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.
The driver of the stolen police car was identified as Bayonne resident Frank Suarez of West 13th Street. He was apprehended without incident by members of the Port Authority Police Department who had chased him from Staten Island, across the Verrazano Bridge into the city.
The Bayonne Police Department continues to investigate the exact details and nature of their patrol car’s theft. Captain Amato expressed the Bayonne Police Department’s sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the agencies involved in bringing “this unfortunate incident to a safe and successful resolution.”