A routine traffic stop in New Jersey suddenly turned into an insane chase across the county that saw both a police officer and the suspect crash their cars in the process – and it was all caught on the dash cam.
Video from the bizarre incident shows a police officer pulling over a black 2011 Volkswagen Jetta driven by 24-year-old Nicholas Vizzone. An incident earlier in the day had caused a Be-on-the-Lookout alert to be issued for a vehicle matching that description.
The cop approaches Vizzone from the passenger side and tells him that he smells marijuana, but as he round the vehicle to apprehend him, Vizzone speeds off, hopping a curve and veering into the busy roadway.
The subsequent chase shows Vizzone weaving in and out of traffic until he reaches the Turnpike, the officer in hot pursuit the entire time.
Several other officers got involved as Vizzone made his way throughout Bergen County and into Essex County, a path of destruction that saw him destroy property, collide with at least one civilian vehicle, and ram at least two police cars.
Eventually, the culprit’s car can be seen spinning out of control and slamming into a guardrail, giving the chasing officer a chance to arrest him.
Vizzone was taken into custody and charged with reckless endangerment, eluding police, violation of parole, and criminal mischief.
An officer was hospitalized with neck and back injuries as a result of the chase but was said to be in improving condition.