A Lawrence Township man accused of trying to break into a home in Trenton was arrested after he led authorities on a brief car chase along Princeton Pike that reached speeds up to 70 mph early Saturday morning (Jan. 19), police confirmed.
The suspect, Vincent M. DeVictoria, 28, of the 1300 block of Lawrence Road (Route 206), was charged by township police with eluding, resisting arrest, possession of crack cocaine, receiving stolen property and multiple other offenses, township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry said.
It was about 3 a.m. on Saturday when Lawrence Township police received a phone call from a Trenton resident who reported that he was in his vehicle following a car being driven by a man – later identified as DeVictoria – who, the caller alleged, had just tried to break into his house in Trenton, according to Ubry.
Reporting that they were near Lawrence Road and Fairfield Avenue, the caller remained in phone contact with a township police dispatcher to give updates on their location. Several officers responded to the area and, upon locating it, attempted to stop DeVictoria’s car at Princeton Pike and Gedney Road, Ubry said.
He said DeVictoria refused to pull over and instead accelerated his car along Princeton Pike, going as fast as 70 mph. But in the area of Princeton Pike and Carr Avenue, DeVictoria’s vehicle was stopped after it crashed into a police car, he said.
He said DeVictoria refused to cooperate with officers and had to be subdued at the scene.
In addition to a small quantity of cocaine, DeVictoria was found to be in possession of a credit card that had been reported stolen from a Lawrence Road residence the previous day, Ubry said.
DeVictoria was sent to the Mercer County Correction Center in lieu of $65,000 bail in connection with the charges filed against him by Lawrence Township police, Ubry said, adding that the attempted burglary allegedly involving DeVictoria was being investigated by Trenton police.