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Police arrest fugitive after he’s pulled over for texting while driving

January 14, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Police arrest fugitive after he’s pulled over for texting while driving

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It’s never smart to text while driving, but even more so if you are a fugitive on the lam.

A Pennsylvania man wanted by authorities on a warrant for burglary, was pulled in the New Jersey-bound Holland Tunnel at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when his U-Haul van nearly crossed into the path of a bus. Police said the suspect was texting while he was driving.

After Port Authority Police Officer Christopher Paskovich pulled over Mitchell Neil Thompson, 24, he learned he had a warrant for his arrest in Pennsylvania.

Police in Phoenixville, Pa arrested Thompson back in April after he and two other accomplices broke into a friend’s home.

According to the complaint, one of Thompson’s co-defendants pulled a gun and threatened a man inside the house, telling him, “You got five seconds, and I am going to shoot up the house.”

Thompson, who was charged with burglary, making a terroristic threat and other offenses, jumped bail after failing to appear for a court date, officials said.

Paskovich said Thompson handed him an expired New Jersey driver’s license and was promptly arrested.

Thompson was taken to the Hudson County jail and will be extradited back to Pennsylvania, Port Authority Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said.

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