A motorist being stopped for a traffic violation lead Lakewood Police on a high speed chase a short time ago. Police attempted to stop a vehicle on Route 70, when the driver fled, evading police. Police began chasing the driver at escalating speeds as the driver headed in the direction of the Garden State Parkway.
Once on the Parkway, another Lakewood officer joined in the chase, which reached speeds of close to 100 MPH while swerving in and out of traffic.
After about a 15 minute chase which led police through side streets in Brick, the persuit was called off by Lakewood Police Supervisors. The Brick police department was notified.
UPDATE: Police later learned that the suspect’s vehicle was reportedly involved in an armed robbery last week. At the time of the robbery, a loaded weapon was found in the vehicle. TLS-CCP/TLS-HK
this person will be caught, every dog has it’s day
more ppl get killed in these chases than w/ armed robberies. Why didn’t they close off the parkway ahead of the car?
maybe they could have used some aerial assistance from the helicopter rides…?
Why did they call it off? why didnt they alert the local police autority and trap the guy?
Its not that easy, not all dept’s are on one channel. Directions change fast and often, so its difficult to notify through 2 different dispatchers where the suspect is going in order to block him in.
High speed chases are dangerous for the other motorists on the road at the time; for pedestrians; and, for the officers in pursuit. Safety is paramount at all times. Calling off the pursuit was the smartest and safest thing to do.
Very well said Mr.Conservative. (like everything else you say)
These people who have never ever had to chase someone in a car, nor had to train/work as a police officer, always think its so easy. NOT EVERYTHING IS LIKE THESE FAKE SHOWS!
just call shomrim they will get the job done or use a helicopter
Yes omg, I was on chestnut street when I saw a police car driving atleast 90mph. I thought it was pretty dangerous.
They should call it off so he slows down and have a chopper follow him till he runs out of gas & leaves the car ???? Not let him go ?????
High-speed chases often end with a dramatic multi-vehicle accident leaving Innocent bystanders with serious or fatal injuries. not to even mention the extreme monetary damage to the tax payers, and then the lawsuits.
Thank you Lakewood PD for calling of the chase, we know how much self-control, and discipline it took to do the right thing.
To #10: have a chopper follow him? do you realize that it will take atleast 30mins to have a chopper in the area?
most chases end with the suspect bailing from the vehicle within 5-10minutes from the initial attempted traffic stop and then change to a foot-pursuit. Then what? how is the chopper going to follow a suspect in an area like ocean county where trees & heavily wooded area’s play a major roll in the view from a couple hundred feed in the air.
Secondly its not worth the $1000-$2000/hour that it costs to put a helicopter in the air staffed by two state police officers to apprehend a suspect with a minor warrant, or a moving violation that he just didnt want to stop for. IF THERE WAS A REAL PUBLIC SAFETY REASON TO CONTINUE THE APPREHENSION/CHASE- IT WOULD HAVE CONTINUED AND NOT STOPPED.
(the person that owns the car, will be interviewd and pressed to see who was driving that car at that time. then a warrant will be issued for that person for eluding, etc. this person will be arrested sooner or later. why waste thousands in tax money on apprehending a suspect for speeding- that just didnt want to stop?)
HOW ABOUT YOU FOLKS LEAVE THE POLICE WORK TO THE PEOPLE TRAINED IN IT?
to all non law enforcement contributors :instead of sitting here and criticising , run after the guy by foot .
why did it take so long for the pursuit to be broken off? Escallating speeds in and out of traffic on route 70 during rush hour traffic, seems more hazardous than good, specially for a mere traffic violation…then to get on the parkway and exceed over 100mph without notifying state police. And continuing through another jurisdiction, on side streets no less. The AG stipulates that a certain crime needs to be committed before a pursuit is even lawful to do. Unless the initial traffic violation was one that placed a person in serious harm(which i doubt) or the officer saw/had a gun pointed at him, the pursuit wasnt “good” to begin with and I doubt highly it went as long as was stated.
You Stated: “escalating speeds in and out of traffic on route 70 during rush hour traffic”
= RELAX MAN. ESCALATING COULD MEAN FROM 15MPH- TO 30. OR FROM 35MPH(INITIALLY REFUSING TO STOP), TO 45MPH. DONT READ INTO THE DRAMA BEING SET-UP BY THESE ‘REPORTERS’. AND NO ONE SAID HE WAS GOING “IN & OUT” UNTIL HE REACHED THE PARKWAY
You Stated: “without notifying state police. And continuing through another jurisdiction”
= IT DOESNT MATTER WHICH JURISDICTION, IF YOU COMMITTED A CRIME OR AN OFFENSE IN MY TOWN, WE HAVE FULL AUTHORITY TO FOLLOW YOU & STOP YOU IN ANY OTHER TOWN. LAKEWOOD OFFICERS DONT NEED THE TROOPERS PERMISSION TO ENTER THEIR HIGHWAYS. NOR DO LAKEWOOD OFFICERS NEED PERMISSION OF BRICK POLICE TO ENTER BRICK STREETS. (i doubt you’d be this jurisdictional & cautious had the perp just stolen your wallet/purse/car.)
Section; VIII. INTERJURISDICTIONAL PURSUITS: The original pursuing jurisdiction shall provide timely notification of a pursuit in progress to any other jurisdiction into which the pursuit enters. 1. Notifying another jurisdiction that a pursuit is in progress is not a request to join the pursuit.
You Stated: “The AG stipulates that a certain crime needs to be committed before a pursuit is even lawful to do.”
= i highly suggest you read the NJ Division of Criminal Justice; “New Jersey Police Vehicular Pursuit Policy”
2. Pursuit for motor vehicle offenses is not authorized under the above criteria unless the violator’s vehicle is being operated so as to pose an immediate threat to the safety of another person.
-THERE YOU GO, “unless the violator’s vehicle is being operated so as to pose an immediate threat”
IF THE PERP DECIDES TO POSE A THREAT, AN OFFICER CHASING HIM OR NOT, WONT SLOW DOWN THE PERP.
SO YOU HAVE THE PERP’S INITIAL REASON OF CONTACT, THE PERP REFUSING TO STOP, THE PERP PLACING THE PUBLIC IN DANGER, THE PERP STILL REFUSING TO STOP, THE PERP PLACING THE PUBLIC IN GREATER DANGER = reasons to continue for a little, and if the mounting pressure isnt stopping the perp, call off the chase.
ADDITIONAL LEGAL REASONS TO GIVE CHASE:
Death by Auto 2C:11-5
Aggravated Assault 2C:12-1b
Criminal Restraint 2C:13-2
Automobile Theft 2C:20-2
Theft by Extortion 2C:20-5
Manufacturing, Distributing or Dispensing of CDS 2C:35-5b
to # 14. you sound very educated, how long did it take you to type all of that up?
ha you both are clowns, sgt butterworth wouldve shut that pursuit down immediately. Anyone can look AG guidlines up, Im impressed you know how too use a search engine
to 15: substantial risk to the public isnt “cause i stopped him and he ran”. If that accident ended in a fatal accident that killed 10 children on a school bus, Im sure the parents would find solice in the fact that the person fleeing from the police, had a $100 warrent and was being pursued cause the cop stopped him for a seat belt violation… to 16; batchelors in business and have been in law enforcement for 11 yrs….educated enough…and probably 3 minutes to type, wasnt keeping track
Why don’t the police just ask TLS commenters what to do – they have all the answers?
Why do they rely instead on professional training guidelines and policies?
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