Chester Township NJ police arrested a motorcyclist who allegedly eluded police after failing to follow a police instruction to pull over.
According to law enforcement, the 22-year-old suspect was riding a bike, as was another motorcyclist, when a Chester Township patrol cop tried to stop him. The patrol officer had arrived on North Road in Chester New Jersey after police got numerous reports of two motorcyclists driving erratically on the road.
The motorcyclists reportedly ignored the police officer’s command to stop their bikes and instead drove off and led police on a high-speed pursuit.
One of the suspects eventually had to stop his bike because of traffic congestion. He needed to swerve to the side of the road so that he could avoid crashing into an oncoming motor vehicle.
Police then placed the suspect under arrest without further incident. Meanwhile, the other suspect was able to move past the traffic and get away from police.
The suspect who was apprehended, a 22-year-old male from Succasunna, has been charged with eluding police.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the eluding charges, he would face severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2, eluding law enforcement is ordinarily classified as a third degree criminal offense. A conviction on third degree eluding charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “22-Year-Old Motorcyclist Charged with Eluding Police during Traffic Stop.”