Car catches fire moments after police pull it over

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Moments after police pulled over a Califon man’s vehicle Wednesday night, smoke began pouring out of the engine compartment.

At around 10:22 p.m., an officer stopped Richard Clarke’s vehicle on Route 517 near Route 523 for not having the license plate light illuminated, police said.

During the conversation with Clarke, the officer noticed smoke coming out of the vehicle’s engine compartment. The officer then had Clarke exit his car, police said.

The Oldwick Fire Company responded and extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported, police said.

Clarke was not issued a summons, police said.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Courtesy Tewksbury Township Police Department)