Prosecutors in Bergen County announced on Friday that an 18-year-old Alpine volunteer firefighter is accused of intentionally ramming a car full of teenagers shortly after midnight on Monday, causing the vehicle to crash and sending the driver and four passengers to the hospital with serious injuries.
Prosecutors in Alpine, New Jersey, accused Cresskill resident Luke Stein of aggravated assault and impersonating a law enforcement official after he allegedly rammed a Honda Pilot twice with his Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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Lt. Raymond Walter of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department reported that Stein is suspected of pursuing the youngsters at high speed while flashing the emergency lights he uses as a volunteer firefighter. The incident took place close to the Montammy Golf Club.
Some of the possible events leading up to the crash are explained by the evidence presented in court. According to the police report, Stein and some of his pals went to an Alpine house party after hearing that one of their friends had been assaulted there. Some eyewitnesses claim that Stein and his companions sped off when they arrived in Alpine.
According to the report, a witness who had been following Stein’s Jeep observed him turn on his emergency lights when he stopped at a red light with his Jeep and Honda. According to the witness’s statement to police, Stein rear-ended the Honda as it attempted to stop. After that, the paper claims, the Honda took off with Stein hot on its heels, and the two reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
According to the police report, Stein’s Honda was written off after crashing in the forest, but he drove inside the golf club to keep looking for it before finally giving up and leaving. Documents show that while on his way home, Stein received an emergency alert on his firefighter pager regarding a collision at the Montammy Golf Club. According to the complaint, Stein went to the Alpine Fire/EMS headquarters and then returned with the rescue team.
Former Cresskill High School wrestler Stein was arrested in Boulder, Colorado, and is currently awaiting extradition to New Jersey. The police complaint alleges that Stein’s Jeep was found in Cresskill with front-end damage.
Spinal fractures, broken femurs, broken humeri, broken arms, a brain bleed, lacerations, broken ribs, and a bruised lung were listed among the injuries sustained by the youths, who were described as “strangers” to Stein in the complaint.
The prosecutor’s office spokesman Elizabeth Rebein said they did not know how the teenagers were doing but that no one died in the collision. The prosecutor’s office mentioned that Stein is a student, but they didn’t say where.
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