PARSIPPANY — Patrolman E. Elston observed a 2005 Nissan Altima stopped within in the intersection of Route 46 East and New Road at 7:44 p.m. on October 10.
Patrolman E. Elston conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and advised the driver to pull forward over the public address system in his vehicle.
The driver, later identified as Raul Romero, 33, Livingston, placed the vehicle in reverse and began to back up, almost striking another vehicle.
Patrolman E. Elston exited his vehicle to make contact with Mr. Romero at which time he fled eastbound down Route 46, running a red light and nearly striking a vehicle.
While fleeing eastbound on Route 46, Mr. Romero turned off his headlights and attempted to take the Chapin Road jug handle.
Mr. Romero failed to negotiate the curve in the ramp, at which time his vehicle left the roadway, struck the curb, tree stumps, and a chain link fence.
Mr. Romero continued through the Speedway Gas Station and reentered Route 46 eastbound traffic. He then pulled into the Montville Business Park where he attempted to flee on foot.
Patrolman Elston was able to prevent Mr. Romero from fleeing and place him into custody with the assistance of Patrolman A. Clark who arrived on scene.
Mr. Romero was placed under arrest. Mr. Romero was charged with Eluding, Driving while intoxicated, Reckless Driving, Open Container in a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Comply with Officers Directions, Driving while Suspended, Failure to Observe a Traffic Signal, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Fictitious Plates, Driving an unregistered vehicle and Driving an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
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