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Warren County man turns himself in after fleeing into cornfield during traffic stop

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Warren County man accused of fleeing into a cornfield during a traffic stop last month turned himself in to police, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

On August 9, Independence Township police stopped a red Toyota Tacoma on County Road 517 in Allamuchy Township after the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign, nearly striking the officer, authorities said.

Once contact was made with the driver, who was identified as Clinton Ontweka, 38, of Allamuchy Township, police administered a series of field sobriety tests, prosecutor’s office said.

After testing, it was determined that Ontweka was under the influence and was to be placed under arrest. He resisted arrest and fled on foot into a nearby cornfield, authorities said.

Officers from multiple jurisdictions, including the New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit, assisted in the search for Ontweka.

Ontweka was eventually located at his residence and he failed to exit his house once police made contact with him, prosecutor’s office said.

Ontweka turned himself in on August 15 at police headquarters. He was charged with fourth-degree resisting arrest, hindering apprehension, disorderly conduct, and several motor vehicle violations. He was then transported to the Warren County Correctional Center where he would await a detention hearing, authorities said.

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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