Drug suspect captured, another on the loose after high-speed chase in Jackson
A car chase at breakneck speeds in the middle of the night in Jackson ends with a crash, a drug suspect from Lakewood behind bars on $75,000 bail, and a search continuing for a second suspect.
Kevin McCutcheon, 26, took police on a pursuit that approached 100 miles per hour just after 2 AM Wednesday, with 20 decks of heroin in the car, authorities said.
McCutcheon was in a 2010 Honda in a 7-11 lot on West Countyline Road at that hour. Officer Keith French's research on the license plate returned information that the owner had a suspended license and that the vehicle was under a "wanted" alert.
The Honda left the lot and sped past French's parked squad car, authorities said, at which point French took pursuit. Police said the car blew through multiple stop signs, traversing Citadel Drive and reaching South New Prospect Road, where French activated his car's emergency lights and the Honda increased speed.
Nearing 100 mph, the Honda roared through the Brewers Bridge Road intersection, passed another car, and flew through the Aldrich Road intersecition with headlights off, police said. At that point, it missed a sharp curve, hit a curb and careened into an embankment in front of a home on North New Prospect Road.
McCutcheon and a passenger bolted form the car and ran toward a back yard, police said, French catching up and stopping McCutcheon while the second suspect disappeared into nearby woods.
A search of the car yielded the heroin and a glass pipe used for smoking marijuana, police said.
During booking, police found arrest warrants for McCutcheon issued in the township, as well as in Toms River, Howell, and the Ocean County Sheriff's Office.
McCutcheon was charged with eluding, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and motor vehicle violations. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail.
Also involved in the incident were Officers Tristan Bennett, Shannon Foote, Craig Lindenberg and Sergeant Michael Friedman.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.