Fair Lawn NJ Man Charged with Eluding Law Enforcement in Michigan
According to Michigan law enforcement, the New Jersey man was involved in a car crash on a highway in Jackson County, MI. After the traffic incident, the suspect allegedly continued to drive and fled the scene of the motor vehicle accident.
When Michigan State Police arrived at the scene and tried to get the suspect to pull over, he reportedly led officers on a high-speed chase along M-60, a major highway.
Michigan Sheriff’s deputies with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office managed to slow down the suspect’s vehicle by placing “stop strips” on the highway. The strips were effective at flattening the tires on the suspect’s vehicle; three miles later, the suspect had to stop his car.
When the suspect got out of his car, he allegedly tried to flee the scene on foot. A struggle ensued, but Michigan police officers were able to subdue the suspect and place him under arrest.
The 40-year-old suspect, who is from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, was charged with a number of crimes, including leaving the scene of a car accident, eluding law enforcement, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice.
The suspect will face these very serious criminal charges in Michigan. However, he would have been subject to significant criminal penalties if he was charged in New Jersey. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2, eluding law enforcement is usually classified as a third degree crime and carries a potential punishment of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “N.J. Man Drove on 3 Flat Tires, Fought with Cops after Fleeing Accident, Cops Say.”