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Driver Tries To Run After Crashing Car On GWB During Police Chase

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The aftermath Photo Credit: COURTESY: Port Authority PD

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A driver with no license, insurance or registration who led Port Authority police on a brief chase after blowing through E-ZPass rammed his car into a van on the George Washington Bridge and then got out and tried to run, authorities said Monday.

JohnCarlos Y. Espinal, 24, of Marietta, GA drove a 2008 Lexus through a lower-level E-ZPass lane without license plates around 3:30 p.m. Friday the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

On officer on bridge duty activited his lights and sirens and told Espinal through his intercom speaker to pull over, but he kept going, Pengtangelo said Monday.

The Lexis then rear-ended a van, he said.

Espinaol tried to run and resisted when he was caught, Pentangelo said.

A computer check found that his driver's license had been suspended in New York and Georgia, he said.

Espinal was charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of a crash, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failing to obey a law officer's direction, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and not having a license, insurance or registration.

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