Driver, Fleeing Holmdel Police, Crashes Into Pole

Police say the 21-year old man from Morganville tried to elude Holmdel Police on Route 34 Monday night.

A Morganville man who mistakenly thought he was driving with a suspended license led a Holmdel Police officer on a chase through Holmdel and Marlboro last night.

It ended when the driver hit a pole. 

Marc Z. Wildman of Doe Terrace in Morganville marked his 21st birthday at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility, where he was held on $20,000 bail, with no ten percent option. 

According to Holmdel Police Lt. Michael Smith, Ptl. Jonathan Martin tried to stop Wildman driving 76 mph in a 50 mph zone of Highway 34, at Deer Path, around 10:09 p.m Monday night.

When the officer tried to stop the car, the driver in the 2007 Honda accelerated and made a right turn onto Schanck Road and continued until it struck a pole at the intersection with Pleasant Valley Road in Marlboro. 

"He thought his license was suspended," said Lt. Michael Smith, when asked what motivated the driver to flee. 

At an initial appearance before a judge today, he was charged with driving "in excess of 85 mph" during the pursuit. 

Wildman was given summonses for eluding a police officer, speeding, reckless driving, improper passing on the shoulder and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. His vehicle was impounded.

JosephGhabourLaw October 23, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I'm glad hear that nobody was inured. When we're on the road we need to keep such incidents in mind, that flashing lights may also mean a reckless driver fleeing the law.
Robert Franklin October 23, 2012 at 05:57 PM
This kind of behavior is so puerile it is something to be expected of a small child who doesn't know any better. Did he honestly believe he could successfully escape from the police officer? Further, why do people speed on a highway when they know, or should realize, there's a good reason for a mph limit. Punishment should be severe.
Barron Hilton October 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Bobby - yor comment is so puerile it is something to be expected of a small child who doesn't know any better. The speedlimits are a joke and were put in place when the enviro wackos and tree huggers convinced that peanut farmer JC that we were running out of gas. The roads are safe at 90 or 100 just look at the parkway and turnpike.
Jillian Wildman October 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
My Name is Jillian Wildman and I would like to state that you do not know my brother nor his current circumstances. Sometimes in life bad things happen and our job as adults is to help todays youth understand what life is and consequences for bad decisions. I understand that you think the punishment should be severe but to a newly 21 year old with NO criminal record or any type of irrantional behavior in school or amongst the community i think your completely wrong and maybe should think about your own children and how you would like for them to be treated. Jillian
Chief October 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM
@Barron Hilton .... WHAT??? I think we got a troll on our hands. "And, where I come from, we shoot 'dem trolls". Barron Hilton thinks he's probably such a BA that he has driven 90mph.
Barbara Germinario October 24, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Jillian, I wish your brother well. TG no-one was hurt or injured. I do not think his punishment should be severe; just trying to make bail will be sufficient. Good Luck!
Jeff Barr October 24, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Are you kidding? One, this isn't a child, it's a 21 year old adult, who's supposed to be able to make sound decisions. Two, ANYONE who decides it's better to risk other people's lives by fleeing the police at high speeds and reckless driving deserves to be locked up, and hopefully not driving for quite a while. Everyone's just lucky he didn't kill anyone while committing his stupid, selfish act.
Deannie October 24, 2012 at 05:39 PM
@Jeff....how aout getting this young man some help, re: intervention or counselling...."locked up"??...imho...
Jeb Johnson October 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Lock him up and throw away the key and stick deannie in there with him and that violent person chief.
Robert Franklin October 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM
This is Robert Franklin and I am responding to two of the individuals who responded to my comment about the high speed chase. First, Barron Hilton's remark about speed limits barely deserves a response. If he wants to go 90 mph, then let him rent a day at a race track where he can get his juvenile intentions out of his system for good. He obviously has no concern for the safety of others. Now as to Jillian, the driver's brother, our files indicate she is 25 years old and lives in Morganville, NJ. A person of this age should not be making excuses or providing explanations for her kid brother's absurd behavior. Further, one should never underestimate the sophistication or competence of the Holmdel police department. Our experience with them has been that many other law enforcement agencies look like amateurs by comparison. Driving is a privilege, not a constitutional right. The roadways exist for the benefit of all concerned and are not private racetracks for experimental thrills like high speed driving. Accordingly, there is no excuse for this type of behavior. Officer Martin was compelled to take his own risks because of this extremely childish behavior. Case closed.
Marc Zachary November 18, 2012 at 06:36 PM
In response to all coments. I was never read my rights, so, I hope infact that the police officer's statment is jurisdically appropiate, if not, I would be compelled to undermine his comment. It was also the pursuit that was legally endangering, condeming, I have a percieved indifference toward who was responsible for this incident.


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