Around 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Clark Police caught a male suspect who attempted to steal a car in Colonia, according to Chief Alan Scherb.
According to Woodbridge PD, a Colonia man had been at Colonia Middle School to cast his vote. When the voter emerged from the polling place, he found the suspect seated in his car, where he was allegedly trying to steal the vehicle. The victim protested, the suspect threw a punch at him, then fled on foot
Scherb said the department was called in after Woodbridge Police said they were in a foot pursuit of the suspect near the Clark border.
Scherb says the suspect ran into a backyard on State Street, then managed to run across the north and southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway, and finally was apprehended by Clark Police in the wooded area off of Madison Hill Road near Kumpf Middle School.
Witnesses reported seeing police vehicles from multiple towns as well as State Troopers and officers with guns drawn during the chase.
The suspect was turned over to Woodbridge Police, Scherb told Patch.