HOWELL TOWNSHIP - The man who allegedly sped away on oa motorcycle from Howell police investigating a Sunday night bar brawl is tracked down at his house in New Egypt.

Howell Township Police Department via Facebook
Howell Township Police Department via Facebook

John A. Murphy, 37, was charged with eluding today and transferred to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold, according to Howell PD Sergeant Christian Antunez.

Police credit a flurry of information to their anonymous tip line with helping to find him. A major break in the search was the recovery of the helmet that was left behind.

Police were summoned to Tom's Tavern on Asbury Road on Sunday night at about 8 PM, and arrived to find a motorcyclist pulling out of the lot. Police said that he ignored a command to stop.

Responding officers said that the fight erupted when a woman entered and upbraided him for not being home with his child, and another woman became involved in the scuffle. Authorities alleged that Murphy beat a hasty exit when he heard that police were called.

The biker, believed to be Murphy, was also accused of blowing by two more Howell patrol units trying to stop him, accessing I-195 from Route 547 and accelerating to a speed that police estimated to be in excess of 100 miles per hour. Citing public safety concerns, Howell police aborted their pursuit.

Howell police said that the motorcycle remains missing.

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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