NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A carjacking suspect who led police on a chase had to be rescued by officers after the vehicle crashed early Tuesday and he eventually became pinned under a police cruiser, authorities said.
Jared Walker, 22, of Newark, carjacked a van in the city around 2 a.m. while the driver was still in the vehicle, authorities said. The victim managed to escape from the van a short time later and called police, who soon began to pursue the stolen vehicle.
Walker refused to pull over when officers tried to stop the vehicle and tried to speed away, authorities said. The van then struck several other vehicles and knocked down a fence before it eventually collided with a police car and crashed into an empty lot.
Walker jumped out of the van and tried to hide in some snow-covered grass, authorities said. However, an officer in a police car looking for Walker then inadvertently drove over the suspect, pinning Walker beneath the cruiser.
When the officers heard Walker screaming in agony, they lifted the police vehicle and freed him, authorities said.
Walker was charged with kidnapping, robbery, carjacking and numerous weapons offenses. It wasn’t known if he’s retained an attorney.
Walker and four officers suffered undisclosed injuries that are not considered life-threatening. But further details were not released.
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