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A North Jersey Lyft driver managed to hit the emergency brake on his vehicle as a customer drove away with his car, leading police on a short chase before the man was apprehended, said Englewood Deputy Police Chief Gregory Halstead.
Cesar Mesa was picked up by the Lyft driver before 4 a.m. Saturday and driven to a location on West Linden Street in Englewood when he refused to get out of the car, according to Halstead.
The driver, who was not identified, told police that he argued with Mesa, who was reported to be intoxicated, for about 15 minutes before the driver began to shove him out of the car. After removing Mesa from the vehicle, the driver proceeded to inspect the car to make sure Mesa had not left any personal belongings behind, Halstead said. He said that is when the driver reported that Mesa moved into the driver’s seat and began to drive away.
“The Lyft driver managed to press the emergency brake on the vehicle before Mesa left, thereby limiting the performance of the vehicle and aiding in Mesa’s apprehension,” wrote Halstead.
When Police Officer Julio Alvarado responding to a call of a disturbance in the area of Humphrey Street and West Linden, he saw the Lyft driver running after his vehicle, according to Halstead. After a brief pursuit and refusing to exit the vehicle, Mesa was arrested at the Exxon Gas Station on Route 4 West by Alvarado and Police Officer Christopher Formisano.
Mesa faces charges of second degree eluding and third-degree theft of movable property, Halstead said.
Monsy Alvarado is the immigration reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get unlimited access to the latest news about one of the hottest issues in our state and country, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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