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Five Charged After Chase Up PIP Into Alpine, 2 Officers Injured

CLOCKWISE (from top left): Cabrera, Nunez, Javier, Gonzales Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PIP Police
The aftermath in Hackensack. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo: Shawn Hagal
Both SUVs were seriously damaged. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo: Shawn Hagal
The officer was treated for minor neck and back pain. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo: Shawn Hagal
Genesis Martinez Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PIP Police

ALPINE, N.J. ( UPDATE ) -- A high-speed police chase up the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Alpine ended overnight with five suspects in custody and two police officers treated for minor injuries.

PIP police got a call around 9:30 p.m. of a hit-and-run on the northbound parkway north of the Rockefeller Lookout in Englewood Cliffs, Parkway Police Chief Michael Coppola said.

As they were responding, a call from NYPD's 46th Precinct in the Bronx came in of a pursuit across the George Washington Bridge of a vehicle possibly involved in a shooting, he said.

Officer Timothy Conboy spotted the white 2016 Volkswagen involved in both incidents and tried pulling it over near the Alpine Lookout, Coppola said.

The Volkswagen kept going at speeds over more than 100 miles an hour, the chief said.

PIP Offices Michael Collason and Gregory Kimbro joined the pursuit, which ended after about five miles when the driver lost control and crashed near the State Line Lookout in Alpine.

All four occupants bailed out, Coppola said.

Officers grabbed three immediately, the chief said.

A fourth -- identified as 24-year-old Justin Cabrera of New York -- fled into the woods, he said.

A perimeter was established with the assistance of New York State Police, the NYPD's Aviation Unit, the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and police from Alpine, Closter, Fort Lee, Northvale, Norwood, Tenafly and Orangetown.

An NYPD chopper was brought in, along with K9 units and thermal imaging cameras, authorities said.

Police zeroed in on the area south of the Alpine Scout Camp off Route 9W before officers in the helicopter spotted Cabrera in the backyard of a Ruckman Road home near Kiku Restaurant on 9W.

The chopper shined a spotlight on the area as K9 units moved in.

Police also notified the scoutmaster at the camp.

Residents escaped safely through the garage as police surrounded the Ruckman Road house after Cabrera apparently broke in through a sliding-glass door.

During the search, police discovered that the fleeing suspect had called two people he knew to pick him up, Coppola said.

One of them -- identified as Genesis Martinez, of the Bronx -- was arrested after police found her carrying marijuana, the chief said.

Coppola said he got one of the two to call Cabrera on his cellphone.

The chief said he then spoke with Cabrera and convinced him to surrender.

Police arrested him outside the restaurant, the chief said.

A Bergen County sheriff's officer was hospitalized after a crash on his way to the scene, authorities said. A Closter police officer also was released from the hospital after being treated for a minor injury in the incident.

The sheriff's officer sustained minor neck and back injuries in the SUV collision at Hudson and Lafayette, the sheriff's Anthony Cureton told Daily Voice. Information about the other driver was unavailable early Saturday.

Cabrera was ordered held on $2,500 bail, charged with resisting arrest.

The driver, 22-year-old Miguel A. Nunez of the Bronx, posted $27,500 bail and was released pending a hearing on charges of eluding police and resisting arrest.

The two other passengers -- Anthony Javier, 25, and Francisco J Gonzales, 23 -- were charged with resisting arrest and ordered held on $2,500 bail each.

Genesis Martinez was released on a summons.

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