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Driver "Narrowly Avoids" Collision During High-Speed Pursuit in Montville

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MONTVILLE, NJ - On Sunday, Feb. 19, a resident called the police to report a man who was "slumped over the wheel" of his car in the Montville Chase Condominium complex, according to Montville Township Police Chief Rudy Appelmann.

"The caller believed the male may have had a heart attack and patrolmen responded for the medical emergency call," Appelmann said.

Appelmann explained that upon arrival on the scene, the first officer pulled his vehicle behind the man's car at which point the driver awoke or was startled by the flashing lights and sped off. The responding back-up officer entered the Chase complex and encountered the man driving on the wrong side of the road facing the patrol officer. 

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"The officer swerved to avoid a collision and proceeded to turn around and follow the vehicle onto Changebridge Road heading south," Appelmann said. "The driver sped off at a high rate of speed."

In the area of the Community Center the man again was driving on the wrong side of the road and narrowly avoided a collision with the ambulance responding to assist him for the medical emergency call, Appelmann said.

"Approximately an eighth of a mile further south on Changebridge Road, the driver just stopped in the middle of the roadway. As the officer approached the vehicle the man attempted to put the car in park, but missed, putting the car in reverse," Appelmann said. "The man's vehicle then rolled backwards into the Montville patrol car."

Appelmann reported that the man then lost consciousness and was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital. The 48 year old man from Pompton Lakes was later charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, attempt to elude a police officer and failure to produce documents.
 

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