Florham Park NJ police arrested one man during a chase of an alleged car thief, but they are still looking for the man suspected of stealing a BMW.
Last week, police responded to a report of a car theft at Annabelle Lane in Florham Park, NJ. A resident had called police to report that his 2011 BMW 740 Series was stolen from his driveway. The resident also informed police that he saw a dark-colored SUV following the BMW.
Police officers arrived in the area and saw the two reported vehicles travelling on Brooklake Road. The officers tried to get both vehicles to pull over, but the driver of the BMW turned onto Crescent Road and then sped away.
Florham Park police immediately notified police departments in several surrounding towns about the theft. Police in several towns east of Florham Park later saw the stolen BMW, but they were unable to stop the vehicle.
While the driver of the BMW refused to pull over in Florham Park, the driver of the dark-colored SUV following the BMW did pull over. The driver was identified by police as 31-year-old Georgia resident Franklin Lee Aiken, Jr.
When officers pulled over Aiken, they allegedly found 91 OxyContin pills inside Aiken’s vehicle. As a result, Aiken was charged with possession of OxyContin, possession of OxyContin with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle.
The Controlled Substance Act classifies OcyContin as a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance. In New Jersey, possession and distribution of OxyContin is specifically addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5. Possession of between five (5) and 99 OxyContin pills is a third degree felony. In this case, if Aiken is convicted of third degree possession of OxyContin, he could be sentenced to as many as five (5) years in NJ State Prison.
Florham Park police are still investigating Aiken’s possible involvement in the car theft.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Driver in Stolen BMW Zoomed Away from Cops, Still on the Loose, Florham Park Police Say.“
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