Teen clings to speeding car after Lakewood fender-bender, driver charged with assault
A teen, who tried to intervene when he saw a driver trying to leave a lot in Lakewood after hitting a parked car today, ends up risking his life on the speeding car's hood, and the driver is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police also charged Terick DeBose, 23, of Toms River, with two related counts of leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license, and a raft of road violations.
Patrol officers, responding to a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle arrived at Ridge Avenue and East Countyline Road at about 12:50 PM.
Piecing together details, they determined that the 19-year-old signaled DeBose to stop after the Toyota Camry hit another car in the lot of Pinter Elementary School.
Police said that DeBose stopped momentarily, then floored it and headed sraight for the teen, who avoided being hit but grabbed onto the hood, and hung on for dear life as the car took off along East Countyline in excess of 40 miles per hour.
About a quarter-mile down the road, outside Calvary Academy School, the good Samaritan convinced DeBose to stop and let him go, police said. But the episode wasn't over.
A backup officer spotted the Camry near Squankum Road, where a line of cars was waiting out a signal. Police said DeBose drove over a curb to sidestep the traffic and continued north on Squankum before being stopped and arrested.
Police said DeBose was the subject of several active arrest warrants.
Lakewood PD Sergeant Eric Miick and Officers Mike Ruiz and Steven Meyer responded to the Pinter parking lot. Officer Stephen Nickens intercepted DeBose on Squankum Road, with assistance by Detective Oscar Valmon.
The video attached to this article was sent to police by an anonymous bystander.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.