LAKEHURST – A man has been arrested and charged for fleeing on foot after being pulled over by authorities for careless driving.
On November 10, Officer Vance Pelino from the Lakehurst Police Department pulled over a car on Route 37 for careless driving. After talking to the driver and asking him to step out of the car, Officer Pelino suspected the driver was providing false information due to his deceptive behavior and not having any identifying information.
After investigating, Officer Pelino discovered the driver’s identity as 50-year-old Frank W. Espinoza of West New York, NJ.
According to police, Espinosa had an outstanding NCIC warrant out of Ocean County Superior Court and a Federal Parole Violation warrant.
Officer Pelino attempted to place Espinosa into handcuffs, however he fled on foot. He crossed four lanes of Route 37 into a wooded area, police said. Pelino was able to chase down Espinosa and arrested him.
Espinoza was charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law, Hindering Apprehension of Oneself, Resisting Arrest, Suspended License, Unsafe Backing, Careless Driving and Failure to Exhibit License. He was brought Lakehurst Police Headquarters where he was processed, but was ultimately remanded to the Ocean County Jail. Assisting on scene was Officer Anthony Florio.
All criminal charges are merely accusations, and all subjects are innocent until proven guilty.