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Passaic County Sheriff's Officers Grab Stolen Car Driver After Brief Chase

Thiago Santos
Thiago Santos Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF

PATERSON, N.J. -- A stolen-car chase in Paterson ended after only five blocks miles Wednesday morning with Passaic County sheriff's officers arresting the driver on several charges, authorities said.

Officers Joseph Royce and Jason Katz were on patrol when they tried to stop the car at the intersection of Godwin Avenue and Carroll Street around 11:30 a.m., Sheriff Richard Berdnik said.

Thiago Santos, 26, hit the gas instead, he said.

He got only as far as Hamilton Avenue when the pursuit ended, the sheriff said.

Santos as charged with theft, receiving stolen, property, eluding and resisting arrest, Berdnik said. He also received summonses for driving while suspended, reckless driving, failing to stop for an emergency vehicle and improper passing.

He also had two outstanding warrants -- one from Haledon and the other from Glen Rock, the sheriff said.

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