Montclair NJ police recently arrested a man accused of leading police officers on a car chase through multiple New Jersey towns.
The dangerous car chase started around 11:47 a.m. According to NJ State Police, numerous drivers on I-80 in Parsippany NJ dialed 911 and reported an “erratic driver.”
New Jersey State Police troopers later saw the suspect behind the wheel of a white Dodge pickup truck and driving eastbound on the highway in Parsippany, NJ.
The patrol officers tried to get the suspect to pull over his vehicle, but he reportedly kept driving and fled the area. The suspect eventually moved from I-80 to I-280 and later took Exit 8 and headed in the direction of Prospect Avenue in West Orange NJ. At that point, police stopped their pursuit of the suspect.
Less than an hour later, police officers got a tip that the suspect was in Montclair, New Jersey. Police later found the suspect at the YMCA of Montclair and placed him under arrest.
The suspect will probably be subject to criminal charges for eluding police. He could also be cited for traffic offenses like reckless driving and speeding.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of eluding police, he faces significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2, a person who knowingly flees or attempts to elude a law enforcement officer after receiving a signal to bring the vehicle to a full stop can be charged with a third degree crime. A conviction for third degree eluding police could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Driver Arrested after Chase from Parsippany to Montclair.”