YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Englewood man crashed a stolen SUV into an NJ Transit bus in Fair Lawn this morning, sending the driver to the hospital with a back injury.
Gary Gamble, 29, was being held at Fair Lawn police headquarters late this morning pending transfer to the Bergen County Jail on $25,000 bail.
Gamble, who had an outstanding theft warrant out of Newark, took the 2001 Toyota Highlander from in front of a 4th Ward home on Layfayette Place in Englewood after the owner left it running while he went inside to get his children for school just before 7 a.m., Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
The owner “heard a loud crash outside and discovered that someone had stolen his vehicle and struck another vehicle in the driveway as he fled the scene,” Torell said.
Gamble later crashed the SUV into the bus, which was stopped with seven passenger aboard at Broadway and Hartley Place, Sgt. Brian Metzler told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
The 52-year-old female bus driver was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, Metzler said, adding that no other injuries were reported.
Gamble was charged with receiving stolen property in Fair Lawn, where police also issued him summonses for reckless driving and failing to maintain a lane. Englewood police charged him with auto theft.
IMAGES: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD
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