A Fair Lawn New Jersey man was apprehended after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident in Michigan and then leading police on a car chase.
According to law enforcement, the NJ man was involved in a car accident during the late-night hours in Jackson County, Michigan.
The suspect allegedly kept driving and left the scene of the car crash. He then reportedly led Michigan State Police on a high-speed pursuit on M-60, a Michigan state highway.
Michigan Sheriff’s deputies with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office were ultimately able to slow down the suspect’s motor vehicle by placing “stop strips” on the road. The strips flattened the tires on the suspect’s car, which came to a stop three miles later.
The suspect reportedly exited his vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot, but police officers who had surrounded the car were able to quickly apprehend him.
The 40-year-old suspect, who resides in Fair Lawn, NJ, was arrested and charged with numerous crimes, including leaving the scene of an accident, eluding law enforcement, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice.
Although the suspect is subject to the criminal charges in Michigan, he would have been subject to severe penalties if he had been charged in New Jersey. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2, eluding police is typically classified as a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree eluding police in New Jersey can result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “N.J. Man Drove on 3 Flat Tires, Fought with Cops after Fleeing Accident, Cops Say.”