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Driver in Fair Lawn police chase, crash is ex-con just out of prison

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: The driver of a stolen car that crashed in Paramus after he authorities said he fled police in Fair Lawn is a 54-year-old career criminal released from state prison three months ago, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

As CLIFFVIEW PILOT first reported late Tuesday afternoon, Frank Pierro served three years in connection with a pair of 2010 burglaries, one of them in Mahwah and the other in Somerset County.

Today’s chase began around 3:50 p.m. on Route 4 west after Detective Sgt.Tim O’Shaughnessy and Detective Paul Donohue got a hit on the vehicle’s license plate as stolen out of Morris Township after a Jan. 1 home burglary, Fair Lawn Police Sgt. Brian Metzler said Wednesday morning.

They followed the  2005 Infiniti G35 toward Paterson “but turned around and began to return to Fair Lawn after being caught in traffic due to police and fire activity on Broadway in Paterson,” Metzler said.

Officer Sean Macys stopped the vehicle near East 53rd Street in Elwood Park, but Fierro sped off — with police in pursuit, he said.

He tried exiting onto the service road at Route 4 east, but the Infiniti careened off the road and hit a protective gas-pump and a parked car at the Delta Gas Station, the sergeant said.

Pierro was treated at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson for minor injuries sustained in the crash. He was then taken to the Bergen County Jail, where he was being held on $35,000 bail on charges of possession of stolen property, attempting to elude police, obstruction of justice and possession of a small amount of heroin that Metzler said he was carrying,

As CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported Tuesday, Pierro was convicted of burglary after Mahwah police arrested him in May 2010 for throwing a rock through the rear window of a resident’s home and making off with jewelry.

He had only recently been released after a previous jail term when a patrol officer spotted Pierro and broadcast an alert.

A Ramsey police officer caught Pierro in a backyard after he dropped a yellow plastic bag with the stolen goods and tried to run.

Police said they found several pieces of jewelry in his pocket.

Pierro, a Passaic native, also was carrying maps of Mahwah, Ramsey, Oakland, and Franklin Lakes, they said.

His criminal record includes convictions for burglary and other crimes in Ho-Ho-Kus and Saddle River, as well as in New York and elsewhere in New Jersey.

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