NY Man Eludes Police, Crashes Car in Bayonne, Loaded Weapon & Drug Money Retrieved

22-year old Ryan H. Clough Jr. of 134th Avenue in Jamaica, New York, was taken into custody at 5 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, according to Bayonne Police Captain Eric Amato.  Officers arrested Clough near Route 440 North and Lefante Way.

Amato says police officers in the area of 33rd Street and Kennedy Boulevard observed a vehicle, later determined to be operated by Clough Jr., in violation of numerous motor vehicle laws.  As police attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, the vehicle continued to travel before ultimately stopping at 34th Street and Kennedy Boulevard.  When officers approached the vehicle, they observed Clough Jr. moving in, what appeared to be, an attempt to reach or conceal something.

When police made contact with Clough Jr., they advised him to sit still and keep his hands motionless.  Clough refused to comply,  and he continued his movements before ultimately fleeing the scene in the vehicle at a high rate of speed, driving against the flow of traffic on West 34th Street.  Police followed the vehicle and again attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop.  Clough refused to comply and initiated a motor vehicle pursuit as he continued to operate his vehicle in a reckless and unsafe manner. 

Captain Amato reports that, for the safety of all, police terminated the pursuit.  A short time later they were advised that the vehicle had crashed into the cement Jersey barrier in the area of Route 440 North and Lefante Way. Officers responded and located Clough standing outside of his vehicle and displaying a head injury as a result of the crash. 

On the ground, next to where Clough was standing, officers observed and retrieved a loaded 9mm handgun equipped with a large capacity magazine loaded with 15 rounds.  A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of 2 digital scales, 632.2 grams of Psilocybin (“Magic Mushrooms” CDS), narcotic paraphernalia, and approximately $9000.00 in suspected narcotics proceeds.

Clough was taken into custody and transported to the Bayonne Medical Center to be treated for his injury.          

Clough has been charged with the following:

  • obstructing a government function
  • eluding possession of CDS
  • possession of CDS with the intent to distribute
  • possession of CDS with the intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school
  • possession of CDS with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing
  • possession of narcotic paraphernalia with intent to distribute
  • possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose
  • unlawful possession of a firearm
  • possession of a firearm during a CDS offense
  • possession of a large capacity magazine


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