CALIFON BOROUGH, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Two suspects are on the loose after fleeing from Washington Township police Tuesday morning in Hunterdon County.
On June 2, at around 2:14 a.m., a township officer was leaving Califon Borough, Hunterdon County, The Washington Township Police Department provides full-service police coverage for Califon Borough, traveling South on County Route 512 and while at the traffic light at County Route 517 and County Route 512, waiting to turn left onto Fairmount Road, he observed a white four door sedan traveling North on Fairmount Road, coming from Tewksbury Township towards Washington Township, police said.
The vehicle, which was traveling at as extremely high rate of speed, entered the intersection and abruptly turned left in front of the officer’s patrol vehicle, screeching its tires, and nearly striking his car, police said.
The officer then turned around in the intersection and attempted to stop the vehicle as it traveled towards Califon. He closed the distance between his vehicle and the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle, however the operator of the vehicle ignored all emergency lights and sirens and continued west at speeds over 80 mph, police said.
As the vehicle approached Califon-Cokesbury Road, it attempted to turn left but the vehicle was unable to make the turn and crashed off the road into the woods, rolling the vehicle onto its left side. The two occupants immediately exited the vehicle and fled into a wooded area nearby, police said.
Multiple surrounding jurisdictions responded to the scene to assist with the search and investigation, including Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and multiple K-9 units. The vehicle was eventually removed from the woods and transported to Washington Township Police Department for processing, police said.
The two people were not located at this time, but are believed to be responsible for a stolen vehicle in Tewksbury Township that occurred later that morning, police said.
A further police investigation revealed that the vehicle was also involved in a pursuit in Readington Township and then in Tewksbury, before coming to Califon. The investigation was turned over to Detective Scott Myers of the Washington Township Police Department, police said.
“A reminder to all residents, please continue to lock your vehicles and take all items of value inside. If you see anything suspicious, contact the police immediately. If you can see a vehicle and get a description, that assists us as we are responding in, but please never put yourself in harm way,” police said.