Man Steals Truck, Drives Wrong Way on Bayonne Bridge, Pulls Knife: Police

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014  |  Updated 5:37 AM EDT
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Man Goes Wrong Way on Bayonne Bridge, Pulls Knife: Cops

Bayonne Bridge

Police say a man stole a city truck in New Jersey and drove onto the Bayonne Bridge toward Staten Island, where he swerved into oncoming traffic and caused several crashes before jumping out of the truck waving a knife.

Port Authority police in Bayonne were pursuing the man in the stolen truck as he crossed southbound onto the bridge after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

He crossed into northbound traffic and sideswiped one vehicle, then collided with two others and hit a fourth before coming to a stop and jumping out.

Police say he appeared to be under the influence of something. He is charged with multiple counts, including assault, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.

Five people in the cars on the bridge had injuries, but only one sought medical attention, police said. 

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