Chase Ends in Narcotics Bust, Matawan Police Say

The arrest marked the eighth drug-related arrest in the borough in ten days.

A car chase through Matawan, Aberdeen and on the Garden State Parkway ended with borough police making their eighth narcotics-related arrest in ten days, according to Lt. Ben Smith.

On the evening of Aug. 22, Detective Joseph Lovallo and Detective Steven Sakowski were conducting a narcotics investigation when they stopped a car near the Marc Hampton apartments on Matawan Avenue, Smith said.

As the detectives approached the blue Nissan Versa, the driver accelerated, hopped the curb, drove onto the sidewalk and lawn of the apartment complex and nearly struck Detective Sakowski, Smith said.

The pursuit continued about five miles through Matawan, into Aberdeen and on to the Garden State Parkway before the Nissan again pulled over.

Police arrested the driver who was identified as James Hemenway, 34, of Old Bridge. He was charged with possession of a cocaine, possession with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, eluding and aggravated assault of a police officer.

Police confiscated $13,761 in cash, 3 cell phones and the Nissan, Smith said.

Superior Court Judge Jamie Perri set bail at $685,000 with no 10 percent cash option.

Over the last 10 days, Matawan detectives netted 8 narcotics-related arrests and have confiscated about 650 bags of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of crack cocaine, 2 vehicles and over $24,000 in cash.

Police declined to name the other 7 suspects arrested citing an ongoing investigation. However, all are local residents who police believe played a large roll in the distribution of narcotics in Matawan, Smith said.

Patch will continue to follow this story.
mamalukes August 28, 2013 at 08:28 AM
No town is free from the nightmare of drugs...we cannot ignore the epidemic, spreading like wildfire through our neighborhoods. It robs our children of growing up, rips families apart, it is a heart breaker equal, if not worse than the death of our loved ones. It is the death of our loved ones. Heroin is becoming their drug of choice! Believe everything you have ever read about this drug, and if you haven't read anything or have not been touched by this demon, find out about it. We can stop Matawan/Aberdeen from becoming a town to be taken back, let's not let it go!!. Report anything,anyone acting suspicious (error on the side of caution). This will save our loved ones and our town. Thank you to the police officers for their continued efforts and arrests in keeping our town safer today.
Amber Wright September 02, 2013 at 01:43 PM
It us everywhere in every walk of life. As parents we need to be diligent - even then that is not enough, I personally believe these parents that have a lackadaisical attitude towards drinking, and in some cases pot - are as big a part of the problem as the drug dealers. I have spoken to so many parents who tell me, all the kids drink, or it's just alcohol. All the kids drink because of this attitude - if you accept alcohol you have just moved the bar back, accept pot, it's even further back. I know you can not always stop kids - but if they were worried about getting punished, the car taken away, the phone taken away for drinking - they would do it less. Pot is a gateway drug and anyone who thinks it's not is kidding themselves. Parents are too worried about their kids liking them, fitting in, or having fun. Drugs will always happen - even to the best of parents, but as a society we need to move the bar closer and make walking over it matter.


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