STAFFORD - On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 around 1 a.m. Thomas Walton from Eastampton NJ ignored the emergency lights of Stafford Police on his 2006 Honda CBR motorcycle. The man continued to flee the emergency lights of Stafford Officer Chris Smith and accelerated his speed westbound on Route 72 for about three miles.
Due to safety concerns, Smith turned off his emergency lights and followed Walton at a safe distance. The motorcyclist then turned onto Jennings Road from Route 72 and headed towards the Route 9 and East Bay Avenue intersection. While traveling through a red light in that intersection and a red signal Walton lost control of the motorcycle. He struck Officer Adam Scherer's patrol car while Scherer was proceeding through the green signal at that same intersection on Route 9.
Walton and Patrolman Scherer were not injured in the accident. Walton was medically evaluated and taken into custody. The police car suffered minor damage and the motorcycle was towed from the scene.
Further investigation revealed that Walton was driving a stolen motorcycle from Millville, New Jersey. The cycle was reported stolen in July. Walton was charged with Eluding, and Possession of Stolen Property, and issued numerous motor vehicle summonses. Walton also had three traffic warrants for his arrest from Ship Bottom Boro, Bordentown Township, and Westampton totally over $1,200. Walton has been lodged in Ocean County Jail.