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Palisades Parkway Police Track Down Second Motorcyclist In May Chase

Bryant Rada, Michael Morales
Bryant Rada, Michael Morales Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PIP Police

ALPINE, N.J. -- Palisades Interstate Parkway police tracked down and arrested the second of two motorcyclists who they said led a high-speed chase along Route 9W two months ago.

Both driver were "operating in an extremely unsafe manner" when Officer Michael Griffin spotted them in Alpine on May 16, PIP Police Chief Michael Coppola said.

Griffin "activated his lights and sirens and both motorcycles fled almost striking an oncoming car when going through a red light at Closter Dock Road," he said.

Griffin cut off the chase because of the traffic conditions but got the license plate number of one of the motorcycles.

A day later, PIP police arrested Michael Morales of Bergenfield at his home and charged him with eluding. He posted $12,500 bail and was released pending a court hearing.

On Tuesday, Coppola announced the arrest of the second motorcyclist, 24-year-old Bryant Rada of West New York.

"Through the use of approved search warrants, evidence was collected from Mr. Morales' cellular phone [that] connected Mr. Rada as the second fleeing suspect," the chief said.

He was charged with eluding and released pending an Aug. 1 court date.

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