On Monday, April 20, at approximately 2:30 pm, Patrolman David Formalarie overheard a police radio broadcast of a theft that had just occurred at the Wal Mart in Franklin Township. The broadcast contained a description of the alleged thief and the vehicle that he was driving away in. A short time later, Ptl. Formalarie observed the suspect vehicle, a 2007 Dodge Charger, traveling on Interstate 78 East near Exit 18.
Ptl. Formalarie therefore activated his patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and siren and entered onto the highway in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Rather than stop, the suspect vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed and began driving onto the shoulder of the highway in an attempt to elude the officer. A short time later, however, the driver pulled over on Interstate 78 East near Exit 24. A search of the vehicle produced forty-nine (49) Blu Ray discs allegedly stolen from Wal Mart, six (6) bags containing cocaine residue, nine (9) bags containing heroin residue, two (2) Suboxone strips, sixteen (16) hypodermic syringes, and two (2) multi-colored glass pipes containing marijuana residue.
As a result, Ptl. Formalarie charged driver Michael Buck, age 30, of South Plainfield, with Eluding, Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Motor Vehicle While In Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Driving While Suspended, Reckless Driving, Improper Passing, Failure to Activate Headlights While Using Windshield Wipers, and Failure to Produce Documents. He was lodged in the Hunterdon County Jail in default of $30,000 bail. Passenger Jesse Aubry, age 30, of Somerville, was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also lodged in the Hunterdon County Jail in default of $30,000 bail. The New Jersey State Police assisted.