By Associated Press - Sunday, July 5, 2015

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) - A man who used three stolen cars during police pursuits in northwestern New Jersey last year has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Sussex County prosecutors say 24-year-old Jason Torres, of Newark, also must pay $9,237 in restitution. He had pleaded guilty in February to two counts of eluding and four counts of burglary.

Authorities say Torres stole a vehicle from a Vernon home in May 2014, but was soon stopped by a Hardyston officer for speeding. Torres then drove away but soon lost control of the car and hit a pole.

Torres ran away and soon stole a second vehicle, spurring another police pursuit in Stockholm. He then ran off again and stole a third car in Hardyston. The latter car was found in Newark the next day.

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