Stolen tow truck leads police on chase up Route 17

EAST RUTHERFORD Police chased a stolen flatbed truck Monday up Route 17 north and into New York State where a police car got hooked onto the back and dragged authorities said. Two New York state troopers suffered neck and back injuries whentheir patrol cars were sideswiped by the fleeing flatbed State Trooper Dermont Summers said. The chase lasted about 43 minutes beforethe driver was stopped in Hillburn near the Suffern village limits police said. A video showing a portion of the incident was posted on Facebook. The suspectwas identified asPaul T.Gudanowski 51 of HackensackEast Rutherford Police ChiefLarryMinda said in a releaseissued Monday afternoon. Agencies in the pursuit included East Rutherford Suffern (N.Y.) andRamapo (N.Y.) police and the New York State Police Suffern police said in a Facebook post.The chase began in East Rutherford when police spotted the man driving a stolen flatbed near Route 120 close to MetLife Stadium Summers said. It began at 8:17 a.m. and ended at 9 a.m. police said. This image from video provided by Glenn Edward shows police vehicles slowing down a tow truck on Monday Jan. 2 2017.(Photo: Glenn Edward) Officers responded to Paterson Plank Road which is also known as Route 120where they observed the stolen vehiclebeing driven in an erratic manner and spotted another tow truck Minda said. He reported that prior to the arrival of the officers thesecond truck attempted to stop the stolen vehicle at which point a pedestrian narrowly avoided being struck by a truck. When the driver fled police from several New Jersey towns joined in a chase that went up Route 17 north into New York where New York state troopers joined the pursuit. The truck entered I-87 northbound and left the highway at Exit 16 in Orange County by the Woodbury Common Outlet stores. It then made a U-turn exiting the highway at Exit 15A with more than a dozen police cars surrounding the truck. The chase went through Mahwah where police were keeping tabs on it saidPolice Chief James N.Batelli. "It went through Mahwah rather quickly" he said. "We monitored it but we didnt pursue a chase. Mahwah police notified state police and Ramapo police he said. Allendale Police Chief GeorgeScherb said that officers observed the tow truck going north on Route 17 from a vantage point on East Allendale Avenue. The truck came to a stop on Route 59 in Hillburn near the village limits of Suffern after an East Rutherford patrol car accidentally hooked onto the flatbeds rear bumper. Gudanowski was charged in East Rutherford with two counts of aggravated assault possession of stolen property eluding and motor vehicle violations Minda said.He isbeing held by New York state police on their charges awaiting extradition to New Jersey. Summers said he was charged withoperating a stolen vehicle assault on a police officer and numerous driving violations. Read more:http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/crime/2017/01/02/tow-truck-chase-police-car-dragged/96084462/ Contact us for help towing your vehicle Stolen tow truck leads police on chase up Route 17 was originally published on Apex Towing via Website Feeds http://dublin.apextowing.ie/stolen-tow-truck-leads-police-chase-route-17/