Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that a 38 year old resident of Ewing Township pled guilty to Eluding, Terroristic Threats, Aggravated Assault, and Driving While Intoxicated, before the Honorable Michael T. Collins, J.S.C., in connection with a series of events that transpired in Jackson Township on May 8, 2021. At the time of his sentencing on November 19, 2021, the State will recommend a term of eight years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) as to the Eluding charge, and five years NJSP as to the Terroristic Threats and Aggravated Assault charges. The sentences are to run concurrently.
On May 8, 2021, Jackson Township Police Officers responded to a 911 call for a report of a stabbing incident on Maria Street. Responding Officers discovered a female with a large slash across her face. An investigation conducted by the Jackson Township Police revealed that the female victim had been followed to her residence by this individual. He held a knife to the victim’s neck, threatened to kill her, and then punched her in the face while holding the knife, thereby causing a laceration to her face. As a neighbor intervened and called 911, he fled the area. His vehicle was observed by Officers traveling on Toms River Road. A pursuit was initiated, and he fled at a high rate of speed. As he was attempting to navigate a turn onto West Veterans Highway, he struck another vehicle. As he continued travelling at a high rate of speed on West Veterans Highway, his vehicle collided with yet another vehicle – forcing it off the road. His vehicle traveled approximately 500 more feet before it became disabled; he was subsequently taken into custody without incident.
He was initially transported to Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood for the purpose of securing a blood sample to determine whether he was operating the motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs; laboratory results from the blood draw later confirmed that his blood alcohol level was .14 – nearly twice the legal limit under New Jersey law. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has been lodged since May 8, 2021.
The female victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The occupants of the two vehicles struck by him were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as Jackson Township Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation leading to the apprehension, guilty plea, and soon state prison sentence.