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Man charged with eluding police in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Morris County man was arrested after allegedly eluding an officer trying to stop him in Hackettstown Wednesday morning.

On September, 8 at around 6:17 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle speeding on Route 517 near Miller St. The officer closed the distance between the vehicle and attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop, police said.

The vehicle then turned into the Mars Wrigley parking lot, 700 High St, and failed to stop for the officer after activating the overhead emergency lights, audible siren and headlights, police said.

The vehicle continued to circle the parking lot and weave through multiple vehicles that were parked in the parking lot. The driver eventually parked the vehicle and the driver, who was identified as Juan Mendez, 37, of Budd Lake, NJ, was arrested, police said.

Mendez was charged with eluding, reckless driving, and speeding. He was released pending a court appearance.

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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