🚙 Two young NJ men busted for crashing stolen SUV

🚙 The Lexus was reported stolen in Florida

🚙 A manhunt for the duo after the crash involved a police drone

SUMMIT — An emergency call about someone trying to enter a parked car in a driveway led officers to a stolen luxury SUV, after it crashed with two young men inside, according to police.

On Sunday around 9:30 p.m., Summit police responded to a report of a suspicious male trying to open a vehicle at a home on Debary Place.

Responding officers saw a dark-colored 2016 Lexus RX 350, speeding along Hobart Avenue near Whittredge Road.

A short chase ensured, before the vehicle lost control and crashed in front of 40 Franklin Place.

Two young men fled the vehicle and ran to the rear of the property.

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Summit police were joined in their search for the duo by the Union County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and a Millburn police officer, who was equipped with a drone.

About 45 minutes later, the young men were taken into custody nearby, behind Summit Truck & Auto Body also along Franklin Place.

It was later discovered that the SUV, displaying fake NJ license plates, had been reported stolen in Florida.

Police said 18-year-old Chris A. Clement, of East Orange, was charged with receiving stolen property, reckless driving and numerous motor vehicle violations.

A 17-year-old passenger, also from East Orange, was charged with receiving stolen property.

Both young men were released, pending a court date.

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🚙 Latest NJ crash involving stolen vehicle, young driver

In this case, there were no reported injuries, a more fortunate outcome than several other similar crashes within the past year or so.

Last August, a 2021 Bentley Bentayga stolen from a home in Rumson was found crashed in Morris County. Three NJ men were arrested in connection, shortly after.

A stolen car in North Caldwell crashed into a house and flipped onto a parked car in January, as previously reported.

Police dashcam footage of the crash 11/9/22. (OAG/Canva)
Police dashcam footage of the crash 11/9/22. (OAG/Canva)

In December, a driver in Cranford was hurt when struck by a stolen Mercedes, being driven by a 18-year-old man.

And in November, a man was killed in Old Bridge when a stolen, speeding car caused a horrible crash on Route 9. Three young individuals were charged in connection with the deadly crash or stolen vehicle.

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