By Karen Zautyk
Question for the 34-year-old Bloomfield man who led a Kearny radio car on a roundabout chase last week: “Bad boy, bad boy, watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come for you?”
As they will.
The incident began at 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, when Kearny Police Officer Mike Andrews, traveling east on Harrison Ave., observed a vehicle exit Rt. 280 without yielding to traffic. He stopped the car and as he approached, police said, noticed the occupant stuffing something down his pants and into the center console. He also reportedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana and saw a rolled joint in the vehicle.
According to Police Chief John Dowie, as Andrews was reaching into the open driver’s side door, the motorist put the car in drive and took off eastbound on Harrison. The officer gave chase, following the fleeing auto to the Rt. 7 merge, then over the Wittpenn Bridge into Jersey City, onto Newark Ave. and Rt. 1-9. On the highway, the driver reportedly picked up speed, despite the traffic, and then crossed back into South Kearny via the Hackensack River bridge. Andrews terminated the pursuit in the area of Doremus Ave. in Newark.