On Tuesday, April 21, at approximately 6:15 pm, Patrolman Sean Ross responded to a residence in the Beaver Brook Development for a report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle crash involving a possible intoxicated driver. Upon arrival, Ptl. Ross learned that a witness observed a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo strike a parked 2004 Subaru Legacy and then the fencing surrounding the condominium’s dumpster before fleeing the scene. As a result, Ptl. Ross had Hunterdon County Communications broadcast a general alert over the police radio requesting that area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the Monte Carlo.
While investigating the motor vehicle crash, Ptl. Ross learned that the suspected driver of the Monte Carlo, Brian Carmody, age 47, of Bensalem, PA had strangled a victim at a nearby residence during an argument just prior to the motor vehicle crashes. Ptl. Ross was advised that Mr. Carmody strangled the victim for approximately one (1) minute, causing the victim to have difficulty breathing and start to black out. Ptl. Ross observed injuries to the victim’s neck that were consistent with injuries that occur during strangulation.
A short time later, Ptl. Ross learned that the Flemington Police Department located the Monte Carlo and arrested Mr. Carmody
Once the Flemington Police Department was finished with Mr. Carmody, Patrolman David Formalarie arrested him and transported him back to the Clinton Township Police Department where he was charged with Aggravated Assault, Obstruction of Justice, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash, Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Crash, and Reckless Driving. Bail was set at $25,000. When he was unable to post the necessary bail, Mr. Carmody was lodged in the Hunterdon County Jail.