The Chatham Township Police Department got a call about a car accident around 2:25 p.m. When Chatham NJ police officers showed up at the scene, they found a dislodged fire hydrant that had been slammed into by a car.
According to law enforcement, the suspect ran off the roadway and crashed into the fire hydrant.
Afterwards, the suspect allegedly kept driving and fled the scene of the accident.
Chatham Township police officers investigated and were allegedly able to discover pieces of the suspect’s car, a 2014 Honda. One of the vehicle parts reportedly had a tag with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which police used to link the suspect’s car to the crash.
Police later tracked down the suspect’s vehicle in the parking lot of a business located on Fairmount Avenue in Chatham Township, NJ. Police inspected the vehicle and noticed that it had sustained significant damage.
The suspect, who resides in Chatham Township and is a partner at a New York law firm, was issued citations for multiple traffic offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, and driving with a suspended license.
Authorities have not indicated why the suspect’s license was previously suspended.
While the traffic charges remain pending, the suspect will be allowed to continue in his role on the Chatham school board.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “School Official Charged in Hit-and-Run Can Continue to Serve, District Says.”