FAIR LAWN, NJ – On 1-20-21 at 10:30 pm, P.O. Geovanny Buitron was traveling south on Route 208 when he observed a 2018 Suzuki GSX motorcycle with no license plate, traveling in the same direction.
As P.O. Buitron followed the Suzuki to establish its speed and was approaching the Plaza Road off-ramp, the Suzuki attempted to exit at the ramp but was traveling too fast and veered back onto the highway.
At the same time, a 2016 Toyota Scion, which had appeared to be traveling with the Suzuki before the Suzuki began to speed off, sped up on the left side of the patrol vehicle and then changed lanes to place itself between the patrol vehicle and the Suzuki.
Officer Buitron activated his overhead lights, then had to accelerate around the Toyota, which remained in front of the patrol vehicle. He then pursued the Suzuki, with speeds up to 80 MPH, onto the Virginia Drive off-ramp and then Dobrin Court, where the Suzuki jumped a curb and was riding on the grass within the apartment complex and around a building where the patrol unit would not fit. P.O. Buitron exited his vehicle and pursued on foot, finding the operator off of the motorcycle and arresting him without further incident.
Damian Medina, age 29 of Haledon, was released after being charged with the following: Eluding, operating without a license plate, speeding, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, careless driving, reckless driving, improper passing, failure to signal, wrong way on a divided road, driving on a sidewalk, driving over 4MPH over a sidewalk, operating unlicensed & 2 counts of failure to possess vehicle documents.
The operator of the Toyota, a 26 year old male from New Milford, responded to police headquarters to explain that he was new owner of the Suzuki that was being driven to a storage garage. He was charged with making an unsafe lane change & failure to yield to an emergency vehicle