- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey man who ran over a police officer’s foot while fleeing a traffic stop and then led police on a pursuit through residential neighborhoods is now headed to state prison.

Union County prosecutors say Hakeem Allen of Elizabeth received separate 7-year terms for eluding and aggravated assault when he was sentenced Friday. The terms will be served consecutively, and he must serve roughly six years of the aggravated assault sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.

Allen was convicted last December following a two-week trial. The charges stemmed from a Jan. 9, 2011, traffic stop in Elizabeth.

Prosecutors said officers asked Allen to get out of the car after learning there was a warrant for his arrest and that he was driving with a suspended license, but he instead drove off and knocked an officer to the ground. The officer was treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Officers then chased Allen for two miles through residential neighborhoods in Elizabeth, but he eventually was able to escape. The vehicle, which had been rented by Allen’s then-girlfriend, was later found abandoned in Hillside.

Allen was arrested eight days later when Elizabeth police responded to a multiple shooting in the city and discovered he was one of the three victims.

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