by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
This evening Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna announced the arrest of Nicholas Didio-Slaaen, 21, of Fairfield for incidents which occurred just after midnight on Sunday.
As Fairfield Police arrived at the scene, they observed some of the cars starting to drive in order onto Route 80 East.
One of the cars, a grey Dodge Charger, struck a 2020 Mazda MX5 and then apparently fled onto Route 80 East. Officers recognized the Dodge driver, by sight, as Fairfield resident Nicholas Slaaen. The officers attempted to get Slaaen to pull over but instead he reportedly drove off at a high rate of speed and pulled away from the police pursuit.
Fairfield officers then called Slaaen on his cellphone and asked that he surrender himself.
The suspect reported to police that:
About an hour later, Livingston Police stopped the same Dodge Charger at 1:30am, and determined that Slaaen was the driver. Livingston Police took him into custody, impounded the Dodge sports car, and Fairfield Police took over the case.
Fairfield Police charged Nicholas Didio-Slaaen with:
Slaaen was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility and his hearing will take place before the superior court in Newark.