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Brooklyn Trio Remains Held After East Rutherford Police Chase To Lyndhurst

Juan Blas, Faith Torres, Hadiya Speller Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
At the scene. Photo Credit: Dan Watson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- East Rutherford police grabbed a man and two women who bailed from a stolen car after a low-speed chase into Lyndhurst.

The driver, 21-year-old Juan W. Blas, showed a last previous address in North Bergen but claimed he lives in Brooklyn, Police Chief Larry Minda told Daily Voice.

The two others with him -- Faith Torres, 19, and Hadiya Speller, 23 -- are both from Brooklyn, as well.

All were being held Wednesday in the Bergen County Jail, following their arrests around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Moments earlier, Minda said, a license plate reader registered a hit on their 1995 Honda Civic at Hoboken Road.

An officer verified it with headquarters, then turned on his lights in an effort to stop the vehicle, the chief said.

"He didn't stop, he didn't pull over," Minda said. "He didn't speed, either. He just kept going through East Rutherford, Rutherford and up into Lyndhurst on Schuyler Avenue. Average speed was about 45 miles an hour.

"It seems they were just looking for the right spot to bail out."

Carlstadt police joined the pursuit before the trio finally bolted at Orient Way and Page Avenue.

Both women were quickly caught. Blas was chased down after a few blocks.

A judge ordered Blas held on $27,500 bail on charges of receiving stolen property, eluding and flight from arrest.

Torres and Speller were both charged with unlawful taking by means of conveyance and flight from arrest and ordered held on $5,000 bail each.

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