A DARWIN WINNER – HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES welcome to the hc jail

On Tuesday, June 23, at approximately 11:55 pm, Patrolman Umair Latif attempted to stop a 2010 Kia Forte on Route 22 East near Main Street after the vehicle passed him at a high rate of speed. When Ptl. Latif activated his patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and siren, the driver of the Kia sped off, leading Ptl. Latif on a pursuit through residential neighborhoods. During this time, Ptl. Latif obtained a description of the vehicle, a description of the occupants, and the vehicle’s registration. Ptl. Latif discontinued the pursuit after approximately twelve (12) minutes. Approximately one (1) hour later, Clinton Township Police Sergeant Marc Strauss and assisting New Jersey State Troopers observed Matthew Miller, age 24, of Lebanon, walking in a Lebanon Borough park and soon developed probable cause to believe that Mr. Miller was the driver who had eluded Ptl. Latif. In addition, the Kia was found hidden behind a private residence off of Jennifer Court. As a result, Ptl. Latif charged Mr. Miller with multiple violations, including but not limited to Eluding, Obstruction of Justice, Hindering Apprehension, and Reckless Driving. He was lodged in the Hunterdon County Jail in default of $25,000 bail. Ptl. Latif also charged vehicle passenger Timothy Miller, age 18, of Lebanon, with Underage Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage. He was released ROR.

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