WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A New York man was arrested last month after he eluded police, crashing his vehicle and then fleeing on foot, Washington Township police said in a news release Friday.
On Friday, January 28, Washington Township police attempted to stop a 2019 Blue BMW on East Avenue for a hazardous motor vehicle violation. When the officer attempted to catch up with the vehicle, the driver eluded officers, police said.
Officers lost sight of the vehicle on Route 46 in the area of East Avenue. Several minutes’ later police were alerted by a passerby that a vehicle had been involved in a motor vehicle crash in front of A&S Dry Cleaners, located at 297 Main Street, in Hackettstown, police said.
Officers immediately notified the Hackettstown Police Department and responded to the crash to render assistance. When officers arrived, they found the BMW had crashed into a tree and the driver fled the scene on foot, police said.
The officers tracked the driver through the snow several miles before locating him on Bilby Road in Hackettstown. The 40-year-old Brooklyn man was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Washington Township Police Headquarters. He also had an active Newark Municipal Court criminal warrant for his arrest, police said.
The Washington Township Police Detective Bureau obtained consent to search the BMW and located approximately $6,421 worth of merchandise that had been stolen from a local business. The merchandise was then returned to that business, police said.
He was charged with second-degree eluding, third-degree receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and was issued motor vehicle summons for speeding, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to observe traffic signal, and failure to keep right. He was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility, police said.
Washington Township Officers were assisted at the scene by the Hackettstown Police Department and the Independence Township Police Department.