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Shots Fired, Driver Run Over As Wild PIP Stolen Car Chase Ends In Alpine

Patrice L. Ervin, Nijah K. Cason Photo Credit: COURTESY: Palisades Interstate Parkway PD
Traffic moving again. Photo Credit: COURTESY: PIP PD

ALPINE, NJ. -- A wild stolen car chase across the George Washington Bridge and back ended on the Palisades Interstate Parkway overnight with one suspect shot at by an officer and another run over by the vehicle, authorities said.

In custody were the driver, 21-year-old Durell Jackson and two passengers, Patrice L. Ervin, also 21, and Nijah K. Cason, 19, all from Passaic.

PIP police joined Port Authority police in chasing the 2014 Dodge Charger, reported stolen out of Passaic -- and involved in an earlier shooting incident -- as it headed up the parkway off the GWB around 4 a.m., Chief Michael Coppola said.

It continued north for several miles, with Jackson at times turning off the headlights and at one point cutting through the Alpine Lookout, he said.

At the Closter Dock Road overpass, the Charger crossed the center median and onto the southbound right shoulder, where Jackson jumped out and was run over by the rear wheel, Coppola said.

He then "rolled under the guardrail and began running," he said.

Several PIP officers pursued him with a Port Authority officer remained with the two passengers.

Somewhere in the woods between the PIP and Route 9W, an officer saw Jackson "turn towards him with a black shiny type object in his hand," Coppola said.

The officer "discharged one shot, which missed," he said.

The chase continued across Route 9W before officers grabbed Jackson as he approached nearby homes, the chief said.

Several bags of discarded marijuana were found along the pursuit path, he said.

Jackson was taken to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The officer was also brought to an undisclosed hospital for observation, Coppola said.

Assisting were the Port Authority Police ESU Explosives K-9 unit, the Bergen County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Alpine police.

Jackson "had multiple criminal warrants, as well as an open warrant from Passaic for eluding," Coppola said.

Police charged Jackson with eluding, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property and destruction of evidence, among other offenses. He was being processed early Tuesday afternoon.

Ervin was charged with riding in a stolen vehicle and giving police false information. She was being held on $12,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.

Nijah was ordered held on $5,000 bail on the same joyriding charge.

The highway was reopened by 7 a.m.

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