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UPDATE: Newark Man Arrested After Pursuit Through Kearny, Harrison with Stolen Vehicle


Kearny Police announce the arrest of a Newark for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle. 

According to police officials, today, June 16, at 1:35 p.m., Officers Sean Kelly and Mina Ekladious were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot at 150 Harrison Avenue after receiving a report that a black Mercedes GLE, stolen from Holmdel, was in the lot. 

Kearny Police said that Officer Kelly found the Mercedes parked and occupied by two ski-masked men who drove off when he attempted to arrest them. 

The Mercedes struck three vehicles while fleeing the Walmart lot, but no injuries were reported. 

According to police, officers briefly lost sight of the Mercedes in traffic but spotted it again entering the Route 280 on-ramp from Harrison Avenue.

Police officials said that the officers pursued the stolen Mercedes on Route 280 westbound. The Mercedes only drove one exit's distance on the highway before taking the Harrison off-ramp that terminates near the Wendy's restaurant. 

The stolen Mercedes became stuck in traffic at Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard and Essex Street and struck two parked vehicles before its occupants bailed out on foot.

Police said that officers pursued the driver on foot, and he was apprehended a short time later by Harrison Police Sgt. Silva. 

That driver was identified as Joseph C. Young-Stewart, 25, of Newark. 

According to police, Young-Stewart, who was accused of driving the stolen Mercedes, has a suspended driver's license and is a person wanted by the Essex County Sheriff's Office for multiple arrest warrants.

Young-Stewart's arrest is currently being processed at Kearny Police headquarters. The full list of his charges is pending.

Harrison Police and K9 units from the Hudson County Sheriff's Office assisted in searching for the passenger who fled the stolen Mercedes. He remains unapprehended at this time.