Car Thieves Flee Parkway Crash, Found in Clark, NJ Neighborhood


There were some tense moments and miles of heavy traffic following an accident on the Garden State Parkway in Clark on Wednesday morning involving a car that was reportedly stolen.

Four people inside the car in a crash on the North Drive just north of exit 135 fled on foot, Mayor Sal Bonaccorso told New Jersey 101.5.

Clark police said they arrested three of the suspects while Cranford police apprehended one. They were handed over to the national police.

Mother Seton Regional Secondary School, which is located near the North Side Interchange, and the nearby Valley Road School have moved into shelter-in-place mode as a precaution.

A special policeman from Clark was sent to the Valley Road school to provide security during the morning drop-off.

“At no time was there a threat to any school in the city,” Clark police said in a statement.

Clark police apprehend an individual who fled a car that was allegedly stolen after an accident on the Garden State Parkway in Clark on 5/11/22

Clark police apprehend an individual who fled an allegedly stolen car after an accident on the Garden State Parkway in Clark on 11/5/22 (Jacki Venezio)

Start the day with a side hustle

Clark police made their arrests on Alice Lane, a neighborhood along the southbound promenade, according to resident Jacki Venezio.

“I heard a commotion and looked out the window to see one of the suspects running into my neighbor’s driveway and one of the officers apprehending him. Clark Police, Cranford Police, then Westfield came and blocked the street. I arrested two.” Venezio told New Jersey 101.5.

Delays developed in both directions of the promenade near the crash scene, but were cleared by 9:30 a.m.

Clark police apprehend people who fled a car that was allegedly stolen after an accident on the Garden State Parkway in Clark on 5/11/22

Clark police apprehended individuals who fled an allegedly stolen car after an accident on the Garden State Parkway in Clark on 5/11/22 (Jacki Venezio)

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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