Man accused of leading police on chase will be detained

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JERSEY CITY -

A judge has ruled that the man accused of leading Jersey City police on a chase that ended in a fiery crash will be detained.

Leo Pinkston is accused of crashing his car into a pole after allegedly failing to pull over for police officers. His car caught fire after the crash, which injured an innocent bystander.

The judge Thursday cited concerns about Pinkston's violent background when he made his decision to detain him. Pinkston's lawyer is now raising concerns about that decision.

"I think that these convictions to which they referred were old convictions,” attorney Thomas Ashley says.  “It was attempted murder but that was 17 years ago. If you take a look at his entire record, there are no violent acts within the last 10 years."

Ashley says that he plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

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