CHATHAM, NJ - A 16-year-old was charged with careless driving, driving an unregistered vehcile and driving with ficticious plates after his vehicle rolled into a police car on Tuesday night in the borough.
On Aug. 20 at 11:36 p.m., patrolman Brian Maher observed a Jeep Cherokee being operated in a careless manner on Lum Avenue. He attempted to catch up to the car and the driver quickly pulled into a driveway on Oliver Street. The driver was preparing to flee on foot when he realized he did not put the car in “Park" and it was rolling out of the driveway towards the street.
He tried to stop the car but it rolled into the street, where it struck Maher’s patrol car. The driver was identified as a 16-year-old from Ramsey visiting family in the area. In addition to the other charges, he was cited for driving in violation of his learner’s permit restrictions. No injuries were reported. Both cars were towed from the scene, and the youth was released to a family member, pending further court action.
On Aug. 20 at 5:50 p.m., patrolman Wayne Shivers investigated a two-car accident on North Passaic Avenue at Weston Avenue. A 2004 Ford driven by Danielle Mumby, 44, of Chatham, stopped at the stop sign on Weston Avenue and then entered the intersection where she struck another vehicle. The other vehicle was a 2005 Chrysler driven by Brian Martin, 62, of Chatham. Martin was driving north on North Passaic Avenue. No injuries were reported and Mumby was issued a summons for careless driving.