NEWBURGH – A Newark, New Jersey man is in the Orange County Jail following a high-speed chase from the Town of Newburgh into the City of Newburgh early Monday morning. One of the two people in the car with Luis Colon, 27, was killed in the crash while Colon and another passenger were injured and hospitalized.
He was charged with manslaughter and unlawful fleeing a police officer.
The incident began at about 1:20 a.m. when Town of Newburgh Police were dispatched to a burglary in progress at “Big Boyz Toys” on Route 9W, a dealership that sells ATVs, dirt bikes and other motorsports vehicles.
When police tried to block the Ford Econoline van that was in the parking lot from leaving, the van evaded the police, who pursued the vehicle into the City of Newburgh until it crashed at the intersection of Robinson Avenue and South Williams Street.
The felony complaint filed against Colon charged that he drove at speeds over 90 miles per hour, disobeyed traffic control devices, including a red traffic light at the intersection of South Robinson and South William in the City of Newburgh.
Colon was remanded in lieu of $250,000 cash bail, $500,000 fully secured bond, or $750,000 partially secured bond.
The case will be presented to an Orange County grand jury and additional charges are pending.
“Fleeing from police at a high rate of speed while ignoring traffic devices needlessly places police, other motorists, as well as occupants of the fleeing vehicle in danger of death or serious physical injury,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “Under the recent bail reform statutes, bail cannot be set for instances of commercial burglaries regardless of the dollar amount of the stolen property. The fleeing driver’s actions in this case were as needless as they were tragic. My office will seek severe punishment for those who recklessly cause death or place others in danger.”