Franklin Lakes Man Steals Car, Leads Police on High-Speed Chase

By Travis Tormey posted in Assault and Threat Crimes on Sunday, August 25, 2013

Last week, a Franklin Lakes man stole his father’s car and fled from police at more than 100 mph. Before being arrested, the man tried to ram a police car.

According to a Franklin Lakes detective, 28-year-old David Abad stole his father’s car from a service station and then led Glen Rock police on a chase northbound on Route 208. The chase eventually crossed into Franklin Lakes.

When Franklin Lakes officers joined the pursuit, Mr. Abad allegedly tried to ram a Franklin Lakes police car.

Police continued to chase Mr. Abad onto Franklin Avenue heading toward Oakland, but they eventually had to break off their pursuit because of public safety concerns.

Later, Franklin Lakes police spotted Mr. Abad walking on Commerce Street. Officers chased Mr. Abad on foot and arrested him.

Police recovered the stolen car on Iron Latch Road.

Mr. Abad has been charged with eluding, aggravated assault on a police officer, and auto theft, in addition to several motor vehicle violations.

In New Jersey, aggravated assault on a police officer is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b). As set forth by the statute, a simple assault charge is elevated from a disorderly persons offense to third degree aggravated assault when the assault is committed against a police officer. As a result, if Mr. Abad is convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer, he could be sentenced to up to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison.

Mr. Abad was being held at the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.

For more information, see the article entitled “Police: Franklin Lakes Man Led Cops on 100 MPH Chase Before Arrest.


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