Apr 22, 2013 3:50 PM by Associated Press
LEONIA, N.J. (AP) - A Texas man who allegedly stole a cab in New York City and then led police on a pursuit through two northern New Jersey towns before the vehicle became stuck between a pole and a building will face several charges, police said Monday.
Brian Ambrose, 40, of Ingleside, Texas, will be charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and eluding police, and will also face carjacking charges in New York, officials said. Ambrose has not yet retained a lawyer.
Ambrose initially told a cab driver in Manhattan he needed a ride to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, according to Leonia Police Lt. Tom Rowe.
A female passenger in the cab became suspicious by the way the man was behaving and left the cab before Ambrose allegedly punched the driver several times and pulled him out of the car, Rowe said.
Ambrose then drove up the West Side Highway and across the George Washington Bridge. The cab company was able to track the vehicle through an installed GPS system and alerted Palisades Park police when he reached the area.
During a police pursuit, Ambrose eventually ended up driving on a sidewalk in Leonia for about a block prompting several people to jump out of the way, Rowe said.
The cab then became wedged between a supermarket and a traffic pole. Ambrose attempted to escape on foot but was tackled by officers about 50 feet away.
Two Palisades Park officers were injured, including one who needed 12 stiches on his face after being cut by the cab's door. A Leonia officer was also hurt when Ambrose allegedly head-butted him at the police station.
Rowe said the incident happened just 10 minutes before several hundred children and parents would be walking to a nearby school.
"Thank God he got pinned . because I don't know what would have happened if he got through," Rowe told The Record.
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