BERNARDS TOWNSHIP - New Jersey State Police say a police pursuit ending in a crash that shut down a portion of I-287 in Bernards Township Monday began in Newark.

Authorities say the 30-mile chase began when two troopers noticed stolen plates on what turned out to be a stolen Jeep Cherokee at around 2:15 p.m.

They tried to get the driver to stop, but instead he allegedly rammed the troop car and took off, leading state police on a chase onto busy highways including I-78 and I-287.

He eventually crashed into a Bernards Township patrol car and a silver minivan near the Annin Road Overpass.

Bruce Kriegsies, of Branchburg, says he was lucky to avoid the crash. "I was doing about 70 and they flew past me."

State police say they arrested the three occupants of the stolen Jeep, including 22-year-old Freddie Wright, who was behind the wheel.

Wright is charged with aggravated assault, eluding, resisting and receiving stolen property.

Jackill Young, 23, is charged with receiving stolen property, eluding and resisting. Ericka Whitlock, 20, is charged with receiving stolen property.

Whitlock, who is pregnant, was placed in handcuffs before being flown to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where she was checked out as a precaution.

All three suspects reside in Newark.

The driver of the minivan and the Bernards Township officer were also taken to the hospital but neither suffered serious injuries.

Wright is being held in the Essex County Jail.