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Passaic County sheriff hurt in car chase

Saturday, February 13, 2010
The News Leader

The News Leader

Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale is back on the job after his sport utility vehicle was rammed by a suspect's car during a chase.

Speziale sustained back injuries in Thursday night's crash, which began shortly after he heard a radio broadcast about two men breaking into a vehicle.

Speziale, who was riding in the front seat of the unmarked SUV driven by a staff member, soon spotted the men at a Hasbrouck Heights gas station and tried to arrest them. But they drove off and soon made a U-turn into Speziale's SUV.

Little Ferry police then arrived and captured the suspects after a brief foot chase.

Henry Higinio and Luis Acevedo, both of Paterson, face numerous charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, theft and eluding. It was not known Saturday if they had retained lawyers.

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