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Police Blotter: Pregnant Woman Hurt in Accident Caused by Allegedly Drunk Driver

Here's a roundup of notable police activity in Lawrence Township from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21.

Driving Under the Influence

Ronald Miller, 33, of Nathan Hale Drive, Lawrence Township, was charged with driving under the influence, assault by auto and reckless driving after the vehicle he was driving allegedly caused three-vehicle collision that injured a young child and a pregnant woman on Saturday, Aug. 18, according to Lawrence Township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.

He said the accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) when Miller’s vehicle hit the rear of another auto stopped for a red light at the intersection with Whitehead Road. That auto, in turn, hit the back end of another vehicle stopped in front of it at the red light.

Emergency medical personnel treated the injured child and pregnant woman for pain and bruises, Ubry said.

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Driving Under the Influence

Samuel Pegram, 24, of Shirley Lane, Lawrence Township, was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and related offenses after he allegedly crashed a Mini Cooper into a parked Chevrolet Malibu about 12:05 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, Ubry said.

Both vehicles sustained significant damage in the crash, which happened on Shirley Lane. Ubry said Pegram fled the scene before police arrived but was located a short time later at his home by Officers Joseph Radlinsky, Chris Schuster and Scott Stein.

Ubry said Pegram was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, obstruction, and hindering apprehension.

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Drug Possession

Fakrul Islam, an 18-year-old resident of Hamilton Township, was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, marijuana possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia after the vehicle in which he was riding was stopped by police in the 3000 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1) a little before 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, Ubry said.

He said Officer Sean Kerins stopped the vehicle because it appeared that the driver – later identified as a 17-year-old male from Hamilton – was in violation of the state’s graduated driver’s license program.

Passengers in the vehicle included Islam and a 15-year-old boy, Ubry said, noting that the 17-year-old driver was charged with underage possession of alcohol after a six-pack of beer was spotted in plain view in the vehicle.

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Attempted Burglary

At 6:29 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, a resident of Larkspur Lane called police to report he had discovered that someone had cut the screen on a first floor window at the rear of his home, Ubry said. A check of the home revealed that nothing was missing and it is believed that the no entry was ever gained to the residence, he said.

Exactly when the attempted burglary took place is not yet known and Ubry said detectives are working to determine there is any connection between it and other recent crimes in the neighborhood, including .

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Theft

At 6:39 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, a resident of Town Court South called police to report finding his vehicle, a Honda, resting on blocks, with all four tires and rims missing, Ubry said, noting that the crime happened sometime after 9 p.m. on Aug. 16. The stolen property was valued at $800. Officer Hector Nieves is investigating.

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Theft

At 7:45 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, management at Superior Chevrolet on Renaissance Boulevard called police to report that sometime over the weekend someone stole all four tires and rims – worth a total of $2,400 – from a Chevrolet Silverado, Ubry said. He said the vehicle was left resting on blocks in the auto dealership’s lot. Officer James Vardanega is investigating.

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Theft

Officer Thomas Everist was sent to the Quick Chek on Brunswick Circle Extension at 8:23 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, to investigate the theft of $88 in gasoline. Ubry said a man described as being 28 to 33 years old drove away without paying after having his Nissan Pathfinder fueled up. The vehicle allegedly did not have any license plates.

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Theft

A resident of the 1800 block of Princeton Avenue called police at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, to report that someone had just stolen a set of keys from his unlocked van. The victim told police he saw a man running away from the van when he looked outside after he heard the sound of a vehicle door being closed and his dog started to bark, Ubry said. Officer Steve Simon is investigating.

 

Anyone with information about any of the above crimes is asked to call Lawrence Township police at (609) 896-1111.

 

A copy of Lawrence Township's police dispatch log for Wednesday, Aug. 15, through Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, can be viewed from the PDF box above. This log lists all significant calls for service and incidents for which officers filed a written report. Routine administrative assignments are omitted. Some data has been redacted to protect the identity of crime victims.

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