Trooper injured in police chase

Suspect also injured in second crash
June 6, 2008 2:32:23 PM PDT
A man suspected of stealing a car in Dover today led police on a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph at times. Richard Corby, 37, of Rockaway Borough, is accused of stealing a Ford Explorer. Denville police Lt. Paul Nigro and Patrolman Michael Lucas spotted the vehicle on Route 46, and followed it onto Cherry Hill Road in Parsippany, and then Route 80 and finally 280, police said. Investigators said State Trooper Jeffrey Heimbach crashed around 12:30 p.m. when he was cut off by another driver on Interstate 280 in Roseland.

Trooper Heimbach was conscious, alert and expected to survive the crash. He was being transported to University Hospital in Newark, where he asked his wife to meet him.

Heimbach, 28, sustained back and neck injuries that a spokesperson described as moderately serious. He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Newark.

After the trooper crashed, the suspect continued into Orange, where he lost control of the vehicle. Corby plowed into a fence and tree on the Central Avenue side of Orange Park at about 12:30 p.m. He was arrested at the scene.

The suspect was also taken to University Hospital for drug and alcohol testing.

Police said he will be charged with receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and eluding police


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