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Shoplifting Incident

On May 22, 2013, the Byram Twp. Police Department received dispatch information that Mansfiled Twp. Police Department was looking for a vehicle that was involved in a shoplifting incident in their jurisdiction.  Hackettstown Police Department had located the vehicle on Waterloo Road and was attempting to stop it but the vehicle would not stop.  The vehicle, driven by Douglas L. Umstead of Byram Twp. then entered Byram Twp. where Byram patrols also attempted to pull it over.  Umstead ignored the officers' attempt to pull over and instead made a left turn onto Rt. 206 N from Waterloo Road.  Umstead continued to drive at a high rate of speed on Rt. 206 through the construction zone while passing several vehicles over the double yellow line and also on the shoulder.  Umstead then turned onto South Shore Road before turning onto Mautaug Trail.  Once on Mautaug Trail, Umstead placed the vehicle in reverse and drove into a Byram Twp. patrol vehicle.  Umstead then exited the vehicle and was arrested.  Umstead's vehicle was impounded and he was taken to the station where he was charged with the following:  Eluding (Second Degree), Aggravated Assault (Third Degree), Failure to Observe Signal, Improper Turn, Tailgating, Failure to Keep Right, Improper Passing, Reckless Driving, Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle and Speeding.  Umstead was then transported to the Sussex County Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000.00 bail with no 10% option.  

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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