3 arrested after Palisades closed during police chase into Alpine

ALPINE, New Jersey (WABC) -- Three people were arrested after a police chase that closed the southbound Palisades Parkway in Alpine early Tuesday morning.

Around 4 a.m., a 2014 Dodge Charger was reported stolen and wanted in relation to an earlier shooting in Passaic. The car crossed the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan, then returned to New Jersey, heading onto the Palisades Interstate Parkway northbound.

It reached Alpine, N.J, then crossed the center median and went onto the southbound right shoulder. According to police, the driver jumped out while the car was still moving and was run over by the Charger's rear wheel. He then rolled under the guardrail and began running, they said. Two occupants of the car were taken into custody.

While pursuing the driver, police said the officer saw the suspect turn toward him with a black shiny object in his hand, and the officer fired discharged one shot which missed the driver.

The operator continued to run west through the woods, but the officer caught him and he was placed into custody. During a chase through the woods, the driver discarded several bags of marijuana, police said.

The driver, Durell Jackson, 21, of Passaic, faces several charges including trying to elude police. Patrice Ervin, 21, Passaic, N.J., and Nijah K. Cason, 19, of Passaic, were also arrested.

Several law enforcement vehicles lined the southbound lanes during the investigation, with a number of officers in a nearby heavily wooded area.

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