A passenger who fled the scene of a car accident Friday and ended up in swampy waters by Lakehurst Road in Toms River now awaits a court date on what could be a laundry list of charges.

On Friday around 1:45 pm police say Daniel Menchise, 62, of Berkeley Township crashed into the front of the ShopRite on Route 37 West while wearing a medical boot on his right foot which led to him having difficulties operating his 2008 Chevy Malibu.

That problem was losing control of the car and driving over the curb and hitting the cement support outside the supermarket.

That's where things picked up a notch.

Police say the passenger in the car, Loraine Niocolosi, 36, fled on foot ahead of a patrolman responding to the crash.

At 2:30 pm, Officer Ryan Fitzgerald saw the woman walking on Lakehurst Road just west of the Garden State Parkway.

As he drew near, she bolted.

He pursued her on foot into an embankment on Lakehurst Road.

The officer tumbled down the embankment with her and he ended up landing on a sharp object which gave him a deep cut which later resulted in the patrolman needing 25-stitches.

Niocolosi meanwhile pressed on, then jumped into the water by the parkway and tried swimming off and even running through the swamp.

She was finally arrested at 4:00 pm when police and fire crews got into the swamp with a rescue boat.

It's unknown why Niocolosi fled to begin with but she's now being charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law.

She was released pending a future court date and the potentiality of additional charges being added.

Menchise, the driver, was charged with careless operation of a motor vehicle.

Assistance was provided by the Toms River Volunteer Fire Departments Water Rescue Unit and other agencies.

The public is reminded that criminal charges are accusations only.  Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

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