HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Residents in the vicinity of Craig Drive were awakened early Thursday morning by a State Police helicopter hovering over their neighborhood, with several police officers, including a K-9 officer and dog searching the adjacent wooded areas along Route 206 for a suspect who police say had fled from his car after a traffic stop, crashing into a police vehicle.
Hillsborough Police Sgt. Dave Ur provided the following account of the incident:
Police responded to a phone call about a suspicious parked vehicle in the area at 5:53 a.m. and located the car; it was deteremind that the vehicle had been reported stolen.
Police say the occupant was either passed out or sleeping; when they attempted to awaken him, he drove away, striking a police vehicle
The car drove off after police woke up the driver, and hit a police vehicle before striking a second vehicle on Route 206; the driver stopped the car just north of Raider Boulevard and ran off. No injuries were reported in either collision.
The State Police and the Somerset County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit were called to assist in the subsequent search of the area.
The suspect, Diante Mason, 19, of Atlantic City was found hiding in the area of Manor Drive and taken into custody.
He has been charged with 2nd Degree Eluding, 3rd Degree Receiving Stolen Property, 4th Degree Obstruction, 4th Degree Credit Card Theft and the following Disorderly Persons Offenses: Possession of Marijuana and Criminal Mischief.