NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A motorist from South Amboy faces attempted murder charges after leading police on a chase that ended with a crash in a Piscataway cemetery.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Chief Kenneth Cop of the Rutgers University Police Department and Capt. Scott Cartmell of the Piscataway Police Department announced on Thursday that charges have been filed against a motorist who drove through a cemetery to elude police and ran into a police officer before being apprehended.
Jeffrey W. Troxell, 49, of South Amboy was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and two counts of eluding police.
Bail was set at $150,000.
Troxell was charged following an investigation that determined on Wednesday he fled from Rutgers University police in New Brunswick and from Piscataway police who pursued him through Resurrection Cemetery before apprehending him on May 18, 2016.
During the pursuit, a Piscataway police officer was struck by the defendant’s vehicle, a 2002 Honda Accord. The officer fired a single shot, but Troxell was not wounded.
Troxell was apprehended with the use of a Conducted Energy Device after his car became mired in soil at the cemetery.
The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General was notified immediately of the incident, in accordance with the state’s use-of-force guidelines.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Craig Marchak of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300.