LEONIA, NJ – A male driver from Queens, N.Y. crashed his Mercedes-Benz sedan while attempting to escape from authorities Wednesday morning in Leonia, but was caught by a borough captain as he was entering a Lyft, the Daily Voice reports.
The incident began when the driver of the Mercedes, later identified as Osvaldo Leader-George, illegally passed another vehicle on Broad Avenue at around 9:30 a.m. He was observed by Officer Nolan Stendor, who initiated a routine traffic stop.
Leader-George pulled over on Westview Avenue, but as Officer Stendor drove up, Leader-George sped off, hit a parked car, and continued driving.
Leader-George and the passenger, 24-year-old Danerlis Taveras, got out of the car and tried to flee on foot.
Officer Stendor apprehended Taveras, and another officer, Capt. Scott Tamagny, caught Leader-George while he was attempting to get into a Lyft.
It is unclear why the driver and passenger were trying to escape, but Leader-George is now charged with eluding and resisting arrest while Taveras is only charged with resisting arrest. Investigations are ongoing
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