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Police: Franklin Lakes Man Stole Dad's Car, Led Cops on High Speed Chase

Suspect tried to ram a police car during pursuit out of Glen Rock, police said.

David Abad/photo provided by the Franklin Lakes Police Department
David Abad/photo provided by the Franklin Lakes Police Department
A Franklin Lakes man was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly stole his father’s car and attempted to ram a police vehicle during a high-speed chase out of Glen Rock, borough police said.

Glen Rock Police Officer Greg Carter attempted to stop David Abad, 28, on Maple Avenue for tinted windows in the front of the car, a motor vehicle violation, Glen Rock Police Capt. John Miller said.

When Abad failed to stop, officers from Glen Rock began a pursuit of the 2008 BMW 328xi up 208 North shortly before 2 a.m., according to police.

Franklin Lakes Detective Lt. John Bakelaar said that when Abad left the highway, he attempted to ram the passenger side of a Franklin Lakes patrol car waiting at the corner of Sunset Terrace and Colonial Road.

“The officer was able to evade it and the car continued,” Bakelaar said.

Police continued the pursuit up Franklin Avenue, Bakelaar said, but when the speed of Abad’s car exceeded 100 mph officers had to cut off the chase due to safety concerns.

Officers went to the residence where the car was registered and discovered that the owner, Abad’s father, had left the car at a Franklin Lakes service station and that “no one was authorized to take it,” Bakelaar said.

Police recovered the abandoned vehicle on Iron Latch Road, and hours later found Abad walking on Commerce Street, where he was arrested after a foot chase shortly before 6 a.m.

Abad was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, motor vehicle theft, eluding police, as well as several motor vehicle violations, police said. He was sent to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Involved in the pursuit and investigation were Franklin Lakes officers Francis O'Brien, Donald Wilson, Robert Lyon, Mark Combs and Dennis Hills, as well as Sgt. Carmine Pezzuti.
John Briggs August 12, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Was a high speed chase from Maple ave in Glen Rock, o, to Colonial road in Franklin Lakes, to Franklin Ave in Wyckoff, really necessary? How many lives did the police put in jeopardy? That's a stretch of approximately 7-8 miles and many innocent people could have been injured or even killed to try and catch a guy that was being pulled over for tinted windows. It's nice to know that when the driver finally hit 100 mph on Franklin Ave, the police used some common sense and backed off. These police should thank their lucky stars that nobody was injured. Absolutely reckless!
thesigntist August 13, 2013 at 09:42 AM
It's easy to critique the police from an armchair, but not once does Mr. Briggs mention the recklessness of the offender. Instead of giving the bad guy a pass, how about complimenting FLPD for continuing to look for, and eventually apprehending the violator nearly four hours later.
John Briggs August 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM
I did not give the bad guy a pass. I just didn't think I needed to specify that I do not agree with people breaking the law and driving away from the police. However, it still doesn't change the fact that the police were reckless in this pursuit. Putting even one person's life in jeopardy for this car chase was a mistake. And if they were able to apprehend the criminal at a later date as easily as this article makes it sounds, it demonstrates they should have given up the high speed chase through three towns.
Mark Oberndorf August 13, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Mr. Briggs, the article states that this all began at 2 AM. I highly doubt that the police officers involved were putting anyone at risk at that hour other than themselves. I think the officers showed incredibly good judgement, especially after this person tried to ram a patrol car. I can only imagine how nerve wracking it must be to be a cop and be faced with this nonsense in the middle of the night. Bravo to all the officers involved and thank goodness you are all safe.
thesigntist August 13, 2013 at 05:31 PM
The Attorney General has very stringent guidelines regarding vehicular pursuits, and police officers are required to review these guidelines twice a year. Failure to comply with the guidelines would result in disciplinary action at the least. To label the action of the police as "Reckless" without knowing the facts is completely irresponsible. Further, the apprehension didn't sound that easy. Solid police work and persistence lead to recovery of the stolen vehicle, and some distance away and only after a foot pursuit was the offender apprehended. A mandatory review of the incident will determine if anyone other than the offender were reckless, and if any of the officers involved violated any policies, I will be happy to retract my comments. My money is on the comments standing.
flgirl3rd August 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Flpd are the best and I applaud their actions, and safety is always at the forefront of their duties everyday!
joesph blow August 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM
2 things 1 - tinted windows 2 - 100 mph the cowboy cops who participated in this reckless behavior should be on suspension instead of being glorified here. idiots
joesph blow August 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM
tinted windows!!!!! these idiots have nothing better to do?? if they had to do real police work in a town such as paterson or passaic the tinted windows would not even attract their attention, let alone warrant a stop. these clowns are much better suited to coaxing cats out of trees

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