On March 28, 2018 at 3:45pm Patrolman Anthony Robbins was on patrol in the area of the A&P on Old Highway 22/Route 173 when he observed a silver BMW SUV travelling at 67MPH and operating erratically eastbound from Leigh Street. Patrolman Robbins attempted to stop the vehicle however its driver ignored the police lights and sirens and continued toward Center Street. As the vehicle approached the Center Street traffic light intersection it crossed over into the westbound lane of Old Highway/Route 173, travelled through the intersection the wrong way and crashed into the curb, street signage and grassy area at the corner of Center Street and Route 173 by the Route 31 overpass. The driver, later identified as Freddy Rosario age 31 of Newark, N.J. exited the vehicle and ran from it. Patrolman Robbins engaged in a footchase with Rosario and was joined by an off-duty North Plainfield Sergeant Dennis Kardos who was in the area. With Sergeant Kardos's assistance Patrolman Robbins caught and apprehended Rosario.

Moments later police were notified that the BMW had just been stolen from Krauser's Convenience Store where it had been left running and unlocked in front of the store. Rosario was charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Obstruction of the Administration of Law, Resisting Arrest, Driving While Intoxicated and multiple other motor vehicle offenses. Roasario was turned over to the Hunterdon County Sheriff's Office pending his first court appearance.

Chief Matheis stated "I commend off-duty North Plainfield Sergeant Dennis Kardos for his alert actions by assisting Patrolman Robbins in bringing this this incident to a swift conclusion without any injury to the public or the suspect."

The filing of criminal charges is merely one step in the process of determining a person's guilt. All persons mentioned in this press release are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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