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2 charged after fleeing from police on foot

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Two people were charged Saturday night after fleeing on foot from Mount Olive Township Police.

Joao Costa, 18, of Hackettstown was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

A 16-year-old Flanders boy was charged with resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, obstruction, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and parking in a prohibited area.

On Jan. 4, at 7:55 p.m., a township officer responded to Lou Nelson Park, located on Warren Drive, for the report of a suspicious motor vehicle. When the officer arrived, the officer located a 2014 Jeep parked by the swing set, police said.

As the officer approached the Jeep both the driver and the passenger fled the vehicle on foot into the wooded area adjacent to the park, police said.

The officer pursued the two on foot and apprehended Costa who fell in the underbrush. The 16-year-old was able to elude the officer, police said.

In the area where Costa was apprehended, the officer located a plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana, police said.

A search of the Jeep yielded a cell phone in the driver’s seat which belonged to be the 16-year-old. Officers additionally found two grinders containing suspected marijuana residue, one glass stem utilized for smoking a bong, and a water bottle containing suspected alcohol, police said.

Costa was transported to police headquarters and an officer responded to the boy’s residence, where he was taken into custody without further incident, police said.

Costa was released pending a court hearing. The 16-year-old was released to a parent pending a meeting with the Juvenile Detective, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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