- Associated Press - Sunday, May 25, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A motorcyclist who allegedly led police on a lengthy pursuit that started at Newark Liberty Airport and ended with a foot chase along a local highway is now facing many charges.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Authority Spokeswoman Erica Dumas said the pursuit began shortly after 3:30 p.m. Saturday, when authority police officers saw 35-year-old Ralph Annunziata of Oradell traveling the wrong way on an express road in front of Terminal A.

Annunziata refused to stop and instead accelerated up the ramp to the third level, Dumas said. He then continued back to the express road, nearly causing several accidents.

The chase eventually went on to Route 78 west, where Annunziata was forced to leave his motorcycle near Exit 55 due to heavy traffic. He then ran off but was soon captured by Port Authority police after he ran in to a moving vehicle on a nearby roadway, though he was not seriously injured.

Annunziata was charged with eluding and forgery, along with nine motor vehicle citations. Dumas said the forgery charge was filed because Annunziata allegedly used tape to alter two numbers and two letters on the motorcycle’s license plates.

A telephone number for Annunziata could not be located Sunday, and it was not known if he had retained an attorney. He is scheduled to appear in Newark Municipal Court on June 10.


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