*** ELUDING/ DRUGS/ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED ARREST ***
THE BOROUGH OF ALLENTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
For more information and further questions, contact Public Information Officer:
Ptl. Anthony Rando, 609-259-6300, email@example.com
For Immediate Release:
Type of Incident: Eluding, Possession of CDS U/50, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While Suspended
Date of Incident: 01/04/17 at approximately 11:59AM
Location: In front of the Allentown Municipal Building (8 North Main Street, Allentown, NJ, 08501)
Officers Involved: Ptl. Christopher Poss #8231 (Lead Officer), Ptl. Anthony Rando #8230, Cpl. Brian Stab #8206
On 01/04/2017 at approximately 11:59AM, Ptl. Poss was running stationary radar in the area of North Main Street and Broad Street when a Silver 2015 Nissan Pathfinder entered his field of radar at a high rate of speed. Ptl. Poss safely made a U-Turn and engaged his emergency overhead lights and sirens to initiate a motor vehicle stop. The driver who was later identified as Keith P. Dillon , pulled over to the side of the road in the area of 40 North Main in Allentown.
As Ptl. Poss exited his patrol vehicle, Dillon fled South down North Main Street heading into the Allentown Business District at a high rate of speed during rush hour. Ptl. Poss attempted to stop Dillon again. Dillon attempted to pass a White Ford Explorer on the left side crossing the double yellow line. Dillon then swerved recklessly attempting to pass the White Ford Explorer on the right causing Dillon to collide into the White Ford Explorer. The victim operating the White Ford Explorer was later transported to the hospital for shoulder, neck, and wrist pain by Allentown First Aid Squad. Dillon’s vehicle also struck an unoccupied parked Blue Chrysler minivan which got rear ended, which also caused an unoccupied Blue Honda Civic to get rear ended with minor damage. Totaling in a four car collision.
Ptl. Poss quickly exited his patrol vehicle and approached Dillon with caution who was observed to be pinned in the driver seat of his vehicle against the White Ford Explorer. Ptl. Poss radioed for Ptl. Rando to assist. Ptl. Rando arrived on scene immediately. Ptl. Rando assisted Dillon out of his vehicle. Dillon refused medical attention and no signs of injury were observed. Ptl. Rando smelt the strong and distinct odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the interior of Dillon’s vehicle which led to a search of the vehicle. A small amount of marijuana was recovered as well as drug paraphernalia.
Ptl. Rando conducted a series of standardized field sobriety tests on Dillon. Ptl. Rando determined Dillon to not be under the influence based on his observations. Ptl. Poss advised Dillon to place his hands behind his back that he was being placed under arrest for Eluding, Possession of CDS U/50g, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While Suspended. Dillon was searched incident to arrest, placed in the rear of Ptl. Poss’s patrol car, and then was transported to police headquarters without incident. Dillon’s vehicle was impounded by JL Tow Company.
Dillon was processed and transported to Monmouth County Jail without incident on a no-bail warrant by Cpl. Stab and Ptl. Rando.
As a result the following arrest was made:
1. Keith P. Dillon, 32 years old, of Island Heights, New Jersey
Keith P. Dillon was charged with;
1. Eluding of the 2nd degree
2. Possession of CDS U/50g
3. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
4. Driving While Suspended
5. Uninsured Motorist
As well as several other motor vehicle citations.
*** The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ***
Patrolman Anthony Rando #8230
Public Information Officer
Internal Affairs Unit