Woman steals police cruiser in South Jersey

A woman stole a police cruiser from officers as they were responding to a report of a domestic dispute in Lindenwold, Camden County, overnight and led them on a chase before being apprehended, according to police.

The incident began about 1:10 a.m. when police were called to the 2000 block of Brighton Ave., Lindenwold, for a domestic dispute.  Officer Nichols Grungo was met by Danyl Fontanez, 35, who told him there was no problem.

Officer Grungo explained that he still had to investigate the call.  Police say that Fontanez them became "increasingly cooperative and disruptive."  Grungo, along with another officer, arrested and handcuffed  Fontanez, placing her in the back seat of a patrol car.

Fontanez, however, slipped from the cuffs as police were continuing their investigation, kicked out a partition separating the front and back seats, and climbed into the driver's side, police said.  She drove off in the parol car and drove along the White Horse Pike toward Stratford.

Assisting units chased the car for about five minutes, eventually stopping Fontanez on Bayberry Road in Cherry Hill.  Police say Fontanez continued to fight with them during her second apprehension, and was cut on the chin.  She was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but was not seriously injured.

Det. Christopher Sherrer said Fontanez has been charged with vehicle theft, resisting arrest, obstruction and eluding arrest with additional traffic violations pending. She remained in the hospital after a medical condition unrelated to the incident was being observed, Sherrer said.