Woman Brandishing Knife Arrested After Pursuit And Crash

HOWELL – A Freehold woman was arrested after an aggressive driving incident Thursday morning.

Diane Maloney, 51, was charged with eluding, terrorist threats, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon and assault by auto, as well as issued several motor vehicle summonses. After police receive a toxicology report, additional charges may be filed.

A 22-year-old female motorist reported Maloney’s aggressive and erratic driving to Howell Township Police. Maloney, driving a white Ford Focus, had been “brake checking” the caller along Route 9.

The caller had attempted several times to pass Maloney, but was blocked each time.

Howell Township Patrolman Spiegel attempted to stop Maloney at Route 9 Sout and Georgia Tavern Road, but she refused to stop. She continued erratically on Route 9 and made an illegal U-turn around a concrete barrier. Chief Kudrick, also in pursuit at this point, witnessed the woman holding a knife. He attempted to stop her, but she continued on Route 9 North, weaving in and out of traffic.

Maloney ran a red light at Georgia Tavern Road and hit a 2011 Toyota RAV4, driven by 66-year-old Howell resident Frederick Ledger, who sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Maloney then attempted to flee on foot, but was stopped by Kudrick. She was taken into custody and transported to CentraState Medical Center with minor injuries.

The knife was located inside her vehicle.

After being released from the hospital, Maloney was taken to the Monmouth County Correctional Facility.

The Howell First-Aid and Rescue Squad, Howell Police Emergency Medical Services and the Adelphia and Southard Fire Companies responded as well.