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Man pleads guilty to eluding, unlawful possession of a handgun, assault by auto in Hunterdon County

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – A Pennsylvania man charged for leading New Jersey State Police on a pursuit through Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon County before crashing into two vehicles on Interstate 78 in Clinton Township has pled guilty to eluding, unlawful possession of a handgun, and assault by auto, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée M. Robeson.

Demarcus A. Caldwell, 35, of Bethlehem pleaded guilty on September 24 to second-degree eluding, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, and fourth-degree assault by auto before Hunterdon County Superior Court Judge Angela F. Borkowski, Robeson said.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Caldwell be sentenced to seven years in state prison and one year of parole ineligibility, Robeson said.

An investigation conducted at the scene by state police led to the recovery of a 9mm handgun in Caldwell’s possession at the time of the arrest. He was charged with eluding, aggravated assault fleeing law enforcement, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, prohibited weapons and devices, and numerous motor vehicle violations. Three people were treated for minor injuries suffered during the motor vehicle crash, Robeson said.

Caldwell is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10, Robeson said.

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