According to authorities, a Fairfield man was arrested for trying to run from a Passaic County Law Enforcement Officer after almost striking his vehicle. Passaic County Sheriff, Richard Berdnik, reported that the man allegedly tried to pull out of the parking lot of the Triangle Village in Paterson at a high rate of speed. The suspect, 32 year-old David Caporizzo took off on a pursuit around the block where he eventually got out of the car and starting fleeing on foot. Authorities allege that while running, Caporizzo tried to throw a clear plastic bag across a fence, but it dropped to the ground. Caporizzo ultimately ran out of breath and was apprehended. A small amount of crack cocaine was seized from his person. He was charged with eluding, resisting arrest by flight, and possession of cocaine. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
Eluding is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2b, which provides:
b. Eluding. Any person, while operating a motor vehicle on any street or highway in this State or any vessel on the waters of this State, who knowingly flees or attempts to elude any police or law enforcement officer after having received any signal from such officer to bring the vehicle or vessel to a full stop commits a crime of the third degree; except that, a person is guilty of a crime of the second degree if the flight or attempt to elude creates a risk of death or injury to any person.
A crime of the second degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
A crime of the third degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
In addition to the above penalties, an Eluding conviction also carries with it a mandatory license suspension for a period of between 6 months and 2 years.
If you or a loved one is charged with eluding, you should contact a lawyer immediately, especially given the potential prison sentence associated with a conviction. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at representing individuals charged with eluding in towns all throughout the state of New Jersey. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.