HOWELL – Police said they observed a vehicle moving erratically. An attempt to pull it over led to a short chase and the occupants fled on foot before being tracked by a K-9 unit.
The incident happened on June 22, at 1:50 a.m. A Honda Civic was moving erratically on Route 9 near Aldrich Road. Patrolman Davison attempted to pull it over.
The driver moved over to the shoulder and slowed down, but then accelerated, and fled into the Freewood Acres section of town. It sped through the development and the driver lost control of the Civic on Windeler Road, heading into the wooded area of the Manasquan Reservoir.
The passenger ran from the Civic into the woods. The driver laid down on the ground at first before running into the woods, police said.
Officers created a perimeter of the immediate area and brought in K-9 Vito and Sgt. Bondarew who located both subjects.
The passenger, Tyrell Marable, 23, of Freehold, was charged with Resisting Arrest/Eluding Officer, Obstructing Administration of Law, and Possession of Marijuana. He was provided medical assistance at the scene due to K9 apprehension.
The driver, a 17-year-old male from Freehold, was charged with 13 moving violations, Resisting Arrest/Eluding Officer, Obstructing Administration of Law, and Driving While Intoxicated. He was released to the custody of his mother.
When police searched the vehicle, they found a bottle of champagne on the floor of the passenger side. The vehicle was impounded.
Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.