Howell Police received a call this afternoon from Wal-Mart advising of a shoplifting in progress. Upon being approached by loss prevention officers, the two suspects dropped the merchandise and fled in a vehicle – a 2000 four-door Toyota Corolla.
Off-duty Howell Police officers working a road construction detail on Lanes Mill Road were able to observe the vehicle traveling south on Rt.9 and radioed other officers, Captain Andrew Kudrick tells TLS.
Patrolman John Lopez #196 observed the suspect vehicle enter the jug handle for Estelle Lane, but upon attempting a stop of the vehicle, the driver fled south on Rt.9 completely ignoring Ptlm. Lopez. The driver continued into Lakewood, where he cut across Rt.9 and entered the Shell gas station.
The driver continued to drive recklessly through a strip mall along Kennedy Boulevard. As the pursuit was terminated by Sgt. Rhein, the driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The passenger was immediately detained by Ptlm. Lopez.
The driver of the vehicle was subsequently located and arrested by Patrolman Riaz Motani #189 a few blocks away. He was identified as 49-year-old Neptune resident Sammy Davis.
Both were charged with Shoplifting and Conspiracy to Commit Shoplifting. Davis was also charged with Eluding (2nd degree) and numerous motor vehicle offenses. Davis’ driver’s license was also suspended and both were “wanted’” by several jurisdictions for outstanding criminal and motor vehicle offenses. Davis and Benson were placed in Monmouth County Correctional Institution in default of the $90,000 bail issued by the Superior Court Judge.