Suspect apprehended after eluding police; allegedly pushed passenger out of moving vehicle


exxonmapPARSIPPANY — Patrol Officer Joseph Chmura attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop upon a gold 1996 Lexus after he observed the vehicle cause a traffic delay by blocking Columbus Way as it was exiting the Exxon gas station located at 3019 Route 46, on Wednesday, November 5 at 2:19 p.m.

Officer Chmura activated his lights and siren to his marked Patrol vehicle and initially pulled the Lexus over on Smith Road.

After exiting his Patrol vehicle and walking toward the Lexus, the driver, later identified as Mr. Rayon A. Henry, 26, East Orange, sped away at a high rate of speed onto Route 80 East, nearly colliding with a tractor trailer.

Officer Chmura attempted to close the distance between his vehicle and the Lexus when he observed from a distance that the Lexus briefly pulled over to the right lane of travel with its passenger door open, before accelerating away again.

As Officer Chmura travelled closer, he observed a female emerge from the grass as he pulled over. The 52 year old female victim from East Orange staggered toward Officer Chmura, where it was determined that she was pushed out of the vehicle by her co-worker, Mr. Henry.

An ambulance responded at that time, however no further medical attention was required.

After further investigation, Detectives from the Parsippany Police Investigation Division responded to East Orange and apprehended Mr. Henry who was charged with Eluding an Officer and turned over to the custody of the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Due to the actions toward the female passenger, the charge is a crime of the second degree. Mr. Henry remains in theMorris County Correctional Facility  pending a court appearance.

Editors note: A complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.