An 18-year-old Newark man has been charged with stealing a woman’s car in Jersey City and then trying to run down a police office, authorities say.

Lamont Wiggins, of Nevada Street, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, hindering apprehension, eluding police, theft and burglary to the vehicle in Wednesday’s incident, the criminal complaint says.

Wiggens allegedly got into the woman’s 2005 Mazda without her permission on Kennedy Boulevard near the Bayonne border, and was last seen by the woman and a witness driving the car near Merritt Street and Avenue C in Bayonne. Officers responding to a 911 call said Wiggins then returned to the area and tried to hit a police officer with the car in a bid to escape, the complaint says.

Wiggens was taken into custody after the Mazda crashed into a utility pole, according to the complaint, which adds that he and the woman were strangers.

He made his first court appearance yesterday in Criminal Justice Reform Court in Jersey City via video from Hudson County jail in Kearny and released for free thanks to NJ Bail Reform.

 

Released for free (on tax payers dollars) without any accountability or supervision thanks to NJ Bail Reform.

 

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