Six people — including three from Atlantic City and Millville — were arrested Friday after leading police on a chase through the Lincoln Tunnel, striking cars in a stolen minivan before attempting to flee in the tunnel on foot, officials said.
About 7:40 p.m. Friday, Port Authority police responded to the minivan driving at high speeds toward the tunnel, according to a news release from Joe Pentangelo, Port Authority senior police public information officer.
The Lincoln Tunnel is a set of three tunnels under the Hudson River connecting Weehawken, New Jersey, and Midtown Manhattan in New York.
New Jersey State Police pursued the 1999 Mercury minivan before it entered the tunnel. Six people were arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment:
Bashaun Hood, 24, of Atlantic City
Edwin Andino, 26, of Millville
Dominique V. Hannon, 24, of Millville
Tabatha M. Harris, 23, of Camden
Ashley Lynn Cenneno, 26, no hometown provided
Jaquan D. Marshall, 20, no hometown provided
Hannon also was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.
Port Authority police Officer Mike Fusco initially responded to the south end of the tunnel. The minivan continued through the tunnel, striking several cars in traffic, the release said.
Police instructed the driver multiple times to stop, and when the minivan halted, the six people ran out of the car and through the moving tunnel traffic, the release said.
Fusco and Port Authority Sgt. Scott Kelliher followed the people in the minivan, who attempted to hide behind cars. Harris and Hood were arrested initially, while the other four continued to run through traffic toward the New York exit, police said.
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The other four were arrested near the end of the tunnel, the release said.
No injuries were reported in the pursuit.