- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A man who led police on an extended chase while driving a stolen vehicle has been sentenced to 11 years in state prison.

Essex County prosecutors say Freddie Wright was sentenced Friday. The 24-year-old Newark man had pleaded guilty in January to eluding and other charges just as his trial was about to start.

Authorities say the August 2014 chase began in Newark. They say Wright struck a minivan shortly before he crashed into a Bernards Township police car, an accident that shut down Route 287 during rush hour.

A citizen and a police officer were injured in the crashes. A woman who was eight months pregnant and riding in the stolen vehicle was hospitalized and gave birth the next day.

Authorities say the stolen Jeep Cherokee reached speeds in excess of 100 mph during the pursuit.

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