A two-hour pursuit of an alleged drunk suspect spanning through multiple townships ended after the suspect struck Howell Police vehicles, TLS has learned.
The pursuit began shortly after 10:00 PM last night when Howell Police officers attempted to stop a driver in a U-Haul truck suspect of driving under the influence.
“Howell Township patrol units responded to Longhorn Steakhouse in reference to a disorderly person inside the establishment,” police said. “Restaurant staff described the male as erratic and confrontational. They were unsure if the male was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol.”
When patrol units arrived, the subject, 38-year-old Zachariah Hartman of Toms River, attempted to flee the scene, subsequently striking a police cruiser. Hartman then eluded police through the township which resulted in him striking two other Howell police cruisers, disabling one.
But the suspect refused to stop, and instead led police on a pursuit spanning through towns including Lakewood Township, Jackson Township, Freehold Township, Freehold Borough, Millstone Township, Plumstead Township and Colts Neck Township. In total, the pursuit lasted over two hours and ranged approximately 100 miles.
He was eventually apprehended on Brewers Bridge Road in Jackson Township and dragged out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
No injuries were sustained as a result of the pursuit.
Hartman was criminally charged with 2 counts of eluding, 2 counts of aggravated assault and 1 count of obstruction. He was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institute where he was lodged pending his detention hearing.