Chester Township law enforcement arrested a motorcyclist accused of eluding police after refusing to pull over for a traffic stop.
According to authorities, the 22-year-old suspect was riding his bike, along with another motorcyclist, when a Chester Township patrol officer attempted to pull him over. The patrol cop had gone to North Road in Chester NJ after police received multiple reports of two motorcyclists driving erratically on the roadway.
The two motorcyclists allegedly ignored the officer’s request to stop their bikes and instead drove away at a high rate of speed.
One of the suspects was soon forced to stop his motorcycle due to traffic congestion. He reportedly swerved to the side of the roadway in order to avoid crashing into an oncoming car.
Police arrested the suspect without further incident. Meanwhile, the other suspect continued driving and managed to get away by fleeing the area.
The suspect who was arrested, a 22-year-old from Succasunna, New Jersey, faces criminal charges for eluding law enforcement.
If the suspect is convicted of eluding police, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2, eluding police is typically classified as a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree eluding could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was moved to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $25K bail amount.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “22-Year-Old Motorcyclist Charged with Eluding Police during Traffic Stop.”