The Chatham Township Police Department received a report of a car crash around 2:25 p.m. When Chatham police officers arrived at the scene, they saw that a vehicle had slammed into a fire hydrant.
According to authorities, the suspect ran off the road and hit the fire hydrant. The hydrant was reportedly knocked off its base.
Afterwards, the suspect allegedly drove away and left the scene of the accident.
Chatham Township police conducted an investigation at the scene and were reportedly able to find pieces of the suspect’s vehicle. One of the vehicle parts reportedly contained a tag with the suspect’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Investigators then used the VIN to identify the vehicle as the suspect’s 2014 Honda.
Police tracked down the suspect’s car outside a business on Fairmount Avenue in Chatham Township, New Jersey. When police officers inspected the vehicle, they allegedly noticed that it had sustained damage consistent with the hit & run car accident.
The suspect, who lives in Chatham Township NJ and is a partner at a law firm in New York, was cited for several traffic violations, including leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, and driving with a suspended license.
It is unclear why the suspect’s license had been previously suspended.
While the charges are pending, the suspect will be allowed to continue serving on the Chatham school board. The Chatham schools business administrator recently issued a statement indicating that the criminal charges will not prevent the suspect from occupying a seat on the school board.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “School Official Charged in Hit-and-Run Can Continue to Serve, District Says.”