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Thief crashes stolen DPW pickup truck on Bayonne Bridge, pulls knife on officers, police say

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BEYOND BERGEN: Port Authority and Bayonne police arrested a man on the Staten Island side of the Bayonne Bridge after he crashed a stolen DPW pickup truck head-on into another car during a police chase late this morning, authority police said, confirming an earlier CLIFFVIEW PILOT report.

Wendel Ryan Phillip, 29, of Bayonne was headed south, just before the toll, when the stolen vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and crashed around 11:20 this morning, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo said this afternoon.

Pentangelo said he got out and pulled a knife on pursuing Bayonne officers but that they subdued him with the help of Port Authority police.

Pending charges include aggravated assault on police, assault on the civilians in the other car and weapons possession, he said.

The bridge remained temporarily closed as the clean-up and investigation continued.

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