CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Board of Education member John Nonnemacher has a history of driving with a suspended license, it has been learned since he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident on Friday, Nov. 13.

According to a published report on NJ.com, Nonnemacher has had his license suspended 16 times in the past 20 years and that his latest active suspension was issued in January 2014.

"As far as we’re concerned, the driving offenses do not disqualify him from being on the board," Peter Daquila, business administrator/secretary for the Chatham Board of Education, said. "Everyone is being referred to Mr. Nonnemacher for comment."

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Nonnemacher is currently serving his second term as a member of the Chatham BOE. The Chatham Township resident's current term ends in 2016. If he ran for re-election, it would be on the November 2016 ballot.

Nonnemacher was the only board member not to attend the last regular meeting held on Nov. 16.

Nonnemacher, a partner at the New York law firm of Bader, Yakaitis and Nonnemacher, LLP, was not available for comment at this time. 

Nonnemacher was charged with a number of motor vehicle violations after the vehicle he was driving struck a fire hydrant on Fairmount Avenue. Chatham Borough police found pieces of his car near the hydrant and identified the vehicle through the VIN number. When reached later, Nonnemacher told police he swerved to avoid a squirrel.