PASSAIC -- A 34-year-old city man was arrested early Wednesday after leading police on a brief car and foot chase, authorities said.
Officers Juan Garcia and Edualdo Figueroa were driving in the area of Main and Lafayette avenues around 4:40 a.m. when they noticed a four-door Nissan traveling southbound on Main Avenue near a ramp for Route 21 southbound, Detective Andy White said.
Garcia recognized the Nissan's driver as Amaury Sanchez, who was wanted on an Essex County arrest warrant for a probation violation, White said. The officers turned on their car's lights and sirens and tried to stop Sanchez.
Sanchez drove onto Route 21 with the officers pursuing him, White said. He drove onto the Route 3 westbound ramp and "abruptly stopped" before jumping out of the car, over a guardrail and into the woods.
Garcia and Figueroa chased after him, aided by other Passaic and Clifton cops, and Garcia tackled him, White said. Sanchez allegedly hit Garcia in the chest with his elbow multiple times.
Sanchez is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, eluding and hindering by flight. He also received motor vehicle summonses.
Garcia was treated for minor injuries.
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