MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP (Morris County) – A pursuit and foot chase led to an arrest by Mount Olive Police on Saturday afternoon.
On Dec. 19, at 1:35 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle that did not have a functioning brake light travelling on several streets in the neighborhood near the Budd Lake Diner and the male driver was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.
The officer activated the lights to stop the vehicle but the driver attempted to flee at a high rate of speed through the CVS parking lot on Woodsedge Avenue. The driver exited the CVS parking lot and crashed into a vehicle travelling 46 east. The officer Slinger then requested another officer to respond to the crash scene, police said.
The officer continued to pursue the vehicle as it failed to stop at stops signs, and struck snow banks. The officer lost sight of the vehicle, but provided additional responding officers responding to the area with a description of the vehicle and the driver. Another officer located the suspect’s vehicle parked alongside the Pavilion Lounge, police said.
An officer located a man matching the description walking on Church Street and Sandshore Road. When he saw the officer, he quickly walked to the Budd Lake Chapel, and tried to gain entry into the Church. The officer then asked him to stop and speak to the officer. The man stopped, then fled on foot, police said.
A foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was located in the driveway of a home on Budd Avenue. The officer located him, at which point, he attempted to flee on foot for a second time. The officer was able to subdue the man, who was later identified as Mr. Michael A. Liska Jr., 28, of Budd Lake, police said.
Liska was arrested and while attempting to locate identification in his wallet, two bags of suspected methamphetamine were located, police said.
Morris County Sheriff’s K-9 responded to assist with a search of the vehicle and Liska provided consent to search his temporary residence at a local motel. The searches yielded a digital scale, a hollow point bullet, 9mm ammunition, marijuana, and prescription legend drugs without a prescription, police said.
Liska was charged with eluding in a motor vehicle with risk of death or injury, possession of Methamphetamine, possession of prescription legend drug, resisting arrest by flight, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued motor vehicle summonses for failure to maintain lamps, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to signal lane change, improper turn, failure to maintain a lane, reckless driving, failure to yield right of way to emergency vehicles, failure to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, and failure to stop at a stop sign.
Liska was lodged in Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance.