Incident Type: Recovered Stolen Vehicle
Date and Time of Incident: 11/23/2012 9:48AM
Arrested / City / Age: John E. Hamlett, 30, of Newfield, NJ
Incident /Accident Location: W. Moss Mill Rd. / Leipzig Ave.
Arresting / Investigating Officer: Cpl. G. Houck #51
Misc / Other Related Information:
On November 23, 2012 at 9:48am, Galloway Police Corporal Gerald Houck
observed a suspicious vehicle (2012 Mazda 6, 4 dr grey with NY plates) parked
at a residence near the intersection of Moss Mill Rd and Leipzig Ave. Cpl
Houck stopped and made contact with the driver who had exited his vehicle. The
driver claimed to be lost and asked for directions. The male then left in the
vehicle and struck a tree while attempting to exit driveway. Cpl Houck then
found the vehicle had been reported stolen from Hammonton, NJ on October 30th.
The vehicle turned West on Moss Mill Rd and fled at a high rate of speed. Cpl
Houck located the vehicle a short time later just East of Bremen Ave. The
driver had lost control as he travelled through a curve in the road, crossed
the center line and struck several trees. The driver had fled on foot. Several
units responded and the male was observed a short distance away emerging from
a wooded area along Moss Mill Rd by Officer Daniel Choe. The male was taken
into custody. The vehicle was towed from the scene with extensive damage.
The male was identified as John E. Hamlett age 30 of Newfield, NJ. Hamlett was
charged with Possession of Stolen Property (2012 Mazda) and Obstruction of
Justice. He was also charged with several motor vehicle offense; Reckless
Driving, Driving While Suspended, Leaving the Scene of an Accident (x2) and
Failure to Report an Accident (x2). His bail was set by JMC Howard Freed at
$50,000 cash. Hamlett was transported to ACJF.
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