UPDATE: Charges were added and the bail increased for a 22-year-old Connecticut man who led authorities on a crash-filled, low-speed chase in a stolen police car on Sunday after carjacking a mother in Englewood Cliffs.
WATCH THE VIDEO: Dashboard video shows how a Leonia police officer ended the low-speed chase of a carjacker in a stolen Englewood Cliffs police by pushing him off westbound Route 4 with his department vehicle. CLICK HERE:
Sereymanta Kong of Wallingford, CT (above) remained held today on $1,275,000 bail in the custody of county sheriff’s officers at Bergen Regional Medical Center.
Charges against him include three counts each of assault on police, resisting arrest and eluding with serious injury, as well as one count of assault on a corrections officer and various other charges including disarming a police officer, carjacking and obstruction.
The chase ended when a Leonia police officer bumped the stolen Englewood Cliffs police cruiser with his department SUV, sending it onto the lawn of a Route 4 car dealership in Paramus.
Kong tried to run but was quickly taken into custody.
Moments earlier, Kong stuck his tongue out at a New Milford police officer before hitting his car and sending it into the westbound highway median, where it was struck by another borough cruiser.
That’s when Leonia Officer Erik Goodell “decided he had to do something immediately,” Leonia Police Chief Thomas Rowe told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
“This guy was either going to kill a cop or someone with kids in their car,” Rowe said.
With a side opening in traffic ahead, Goodell steered his Chevy Tahoe into the stolen police car, pushing it onto the lawn of the Paramus Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership.
Pursuing officers then quickly got Kong down and into handcuffs as he tried to run alongside the highway.
Kong was attending the University of Connecticut last fall when police said he entered a classmate’s residence in violation of a restraining order.
Sunday’s incident began just around 3:45 p.m. as a borough resident headed down Castle Drive in her Mercedes Benz with her two children — a boy, 11, and girl, 13 — on her way to take her son to a friend’s house, Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Lying in the middle of the road was Kong.
He was holding a water bottle and appeared to be choking, the chief said. READ MORE….
Top: PHOTO by SAMMY NATAL / MUGSHOT Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF