LOPATCONG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Police say a Pennsylvania woman accused of speeding away from Lopatcong police during a traffic stop turned herself in last week, police said.
On Dec. 23, 2020, at around 1:48 a.m., a township officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 22 west after the officer observed several traffic violations, police said.
The vehicle came to a stop on Lincoln Road in Phillipsburg and as the officer approached the vehicle, the driver took off at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was registered to a rental company, and the driver’s identity was unknown at that time. Officers went after the vehicle but eventually stopped for safety reasons, police said.
Through an investigation, officers were able to determine who had rented the vehicle. The renter of the vehicle was originally charged with eluding law enforcement, police said.
However, on Jan. 5, 2021, Danielle Saunders, 28, of Easton, turned herself in at Lopatcong Headquarters and she told police that her mother had rented the vehicle for her, and stated that she was in fact the driver on the night of the incident, police said.
Saunders was charged with eluding law enforcement. She was also issued traffic summonses for driving while suspended, reckless driving, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle, speeding and various other violations.
Saunders was lodged in the Warren County Jail pending a bail hearing in Warren County Superior Court, police said.