Police: driver strikes pole, attempts fleeing on foot

NORTH BERGEN – North Bergen Police arrested a Cliffside Park resident on several charges early Sunday morning when he allegedly drove away after being stopped by an officer, struck a light pole, and then attempted to escape on foot before being brought into custody by police.
According to Commander of the Detective Bureau Lt. Frank Cannella, Edward Colon, 23, of Cliffside Park, NJ, was pulled over with Officer Brandon Vilchez on Tonnelle Avenue near 63rd Street at around 3:12 am on Jan. 30. Other than the green Ford Colon was driving, Vilchez also pulled over a black Chrysler at the same time.
Cannella said that after asking Colon for his paperwork, Vilchez walked over to the second vehicle, which was when Colon allegedly drove away from the scene.
Vilchez pursued Colon, who when attempting to make a left turn on 51st Street allegedly struck a light pole before exiting the vehicle and before allegedly being “verbally abusive” to the police officer.
When Vilchez ordered Colon to get on the ground and place his hands behind his back because he was being arrested at gunpoint, he allegedly ran almost in a circle until he was tackled to the ground.
Colon was charged with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, failure to exhibit documentation, speeding, eluding police, and resisting arrest.
For more information on this arrest, and others, read this week’s police beat in the North Bergen Reporter. – Tricia Tirella

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