Florham Park NJ police are looking for a thief who allegedly stole a BMW.
On Sunday night, police responded to a report of a car theft at Annabelle Lane in Florham Park, New Jersey. A resident had reported that his 2011 BMW 740 Series was taken from his driveway. The resident also told police that a dark-colored SUV was following the BMW.
When police officers arrived in the area, they saw the two vehicles travelling on Brooklake Road. The officers attempted to get both vehicles to pull over, but the driver of the BMW refused to stop; instead, the driver turned onto Crescent Road and then sped off to escape pursuit.
Florham Park police notified police departments in several surrounding towns about the theft. Although police in several towns east of Florham Park later saw the stolen BMW, they were unable to stop the vehicle.
While the driver of the BMW refused to pull over, the driver of the dark-colored SUV following the BMW did pull over at the intersection of Brooklake and Crescent roads. The driver was identified as 31-year-old Georgia resident Franklin Lee Aiken, Jr.
When officers found 91 OxyContin pills inside Aiken’s vehicle, they arrested Aiken. Aiken has since been charged with possession of OxyContin, possession of OxyContin with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle.
The Controlled Substance Act classifies OxyContin as a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance because it has a high potential for abuse. In New Jersey, possession and distribution of OxyContin is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5. As set forth by the statute, possession of between five (5) and 99 OxyContin pills is a third degree crime. In this case, Aiken could be charged with third degree OxyContin possession because he was allegedly caught with 91 pills. If he is ultimately convicted, Aiken could be sentenced to up to five (5) years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested, Aiken was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility, where he was being held on $50,000 bail.
Florham Park police are still investigating Aiken’s involvement in the car theft. Police have asked that anyone with information about the incident contact them at 973-377-2000.
Possession of Oxycontin Charges in Florham Park NJ
To learn more about this incident, see the NJ.com article entitled “Driver in Stolen BMW Zoomed Away from Cops, Still on the Loose, Florham Park Police Say.“