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2 men sentenced in connection with June 2019 car chase in Denville Twp

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Two men have been sentenced in connection with a car chase that occurred on June 13, 2019 in Denville Township, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

On Aug. 27, 2020, Wanya McHenry, 19, with a last known address in Newark was sentenced by the Hon. David H. Ironson, J.S.C. to four years in New Jersey State Prison with 18 months parole ineligibility. On May 27, 2020, McHenry entered guilty pleas to second-degree use of a juvenile in theft of automobiles and third-degree receiving stolen property before Judge Ironson, Knapp said.

On Sept. 4, 2020, Alakir Wardlaw, 20, with a last known address in Orange was sentenced by the Hon. David H. Ironson, J.S.C. to five years in New Jersey State Prison with 42 months parole ineligibility. On April 22, 2020, Wardlaw had entered guilty pleas to second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, second-degree employing a juvenile in theft of automobiles, second-degree eluding, third-degree theft of a motor vehicle, and third-degree resisting arrest before Judge Ironson, Knapp said.

The charges arise from an attempted car theft that occurred in Denville Township on June 13, 2019. While responding to a report of a stolen Dodge Durango at around 1:38 a.m., Denville police encountered two vehicles, including the stolen Dodge Durango and a Toyota Highlander, Knapp said.

A further investigation revealed that the Toyota Highlander was previously reported stolen out of Montclair Township and when police attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the Dodge Durango, the Toyota Highlander impeded the stop and both vehicles fled from police. The Dodge Durango ultimately crashed into a Denville police vehicle and the driver and passenger fled on foot. The driver of the stolen Dodge Durango was subsequently identified as Wardlaw; the passenger of the vehicle was identified as a juvenile male, Knapp said.

A subsequent search of the stolen Dodge Durango that was driven by Wardlaw revealed a defaced handgun.  Shortly after the chase, police located the stolen Toyota Highlander abandoned a short distance away. The driver of the Highlander was subsequently identified as McHenry, Knapp said.

Jay Edwards

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