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Police: Traffic Circle Foils Keansburg Woman in High-Speed, Multi-Town Chase

Michelle D. Zahner led authorities on a chase from Holmdel to Wall Township--where she lost a front tire--then back to the Bayshore, Holmdel police said.

A Keansburg woman led authorities on a high-speed chase through several Monmouth County towns early Monday morning, according to a press release issue by the Holmdel Township Police Department.

Patrolman Jonathan Martin attempted to stop a blue Ford missing license plates on Laurel Avenue at 1:52 a.m. The driver of the vehicle, Michelle D. Zahner, 31, allegedly failed to stop for the officer, who pursued the vehicle down Laurel Avenue and into Keansburg. The car stopped twice but police said Zahner sped off when Martin stepped out of the vehicle.

Zahner allegedly turned back down Laurel Avenue and fled onto the Garden State Parkway. Holmdel police said Zahner was observed throwing items out of the driver's side window during the parkway portion of the chase. Zahner exited the parkway at exit 100A, where she led police through several towns before losing the passenger's side tire on the Route 34 traffic circle in Wall Township, according to the press release.

Zahner's vehicle was clocked at a speed of 96 MPH during the chase, authorities said

The pursuit continued on Route 34 until it reached Old Bridge. Zahner then allegedly traveled along Route 9, Route 35 and Route 36, passing through Hazlet and Middletown, Holmdel police said.

The Middletown Police Department placed stop sticks on the roadway at the intersection of Route 36 and Palmer Avenue. As Zahner passed through the intersection, her vehicle hit the stop sticks, causing the driver's side front tire to blow out, according to authorities. With no front tires, the car traveled another mile before it stopped in the area of Thompson Avenue in Middletown.

Martin arrested Zahner with the help of Patrolman Jeffrey Todd. Zahner was charged with eluding police and 16 motor vehicle charges include reckless driving and speeding. She will face other motor vehicle charges from other municipalities, the Holmdel Township Police Department release stated.

New Jersey State Police and police from Aberdeen, Colts Neck, Hazlet, Matawan, Middletown Township, Keansburg, Keyport, and Old Bridge Township assisted in the chase.

Zahner was remanded to Monmouth County Correctional Insitution on $40,000 bail.

rob vigliano February 19, 2013 at 08:48 PM
naiveness and ignorance makes you look like a fool.... Let's say they let her go, then she runs out of drugs and can't afford more. so she breaks into a vacant house. Only the house isn't vacant, theres an elderly woman in there. She knocks the woman down and kills her. She didn't mean to, but oh well. Then you read in the paper her past crimes and i bet your next thought is, this criminal should have been locked away a long time ago, damn cops can't do their jobs!!!! YOU, AND ALL YOUR LIBERAL FRIENDS LOVE TO BLAME EVERYONE ELSE BUT YOURSELVES!!!!
marylou February 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM
You should.
john jay February 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Oh, Softspoken Marylou, still with the attempts at insults, how sad, truly sad.
john jay February 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM
As I'm sure marylou would agree, we should not take claimed facts as truth without some verification (lest she claims we all need tin foil hats). So, Rob has a point here, someone asserted that a death resulted from a car chase - and is arguing on that basis that all police officers are bad. Aren't we entitled to some verification of the predicate fact? Right marylou? Surely even you would not voice an opinion without facts?
rbresident February 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Hey everyone complaining about the police on here. Next time you're in trouble, call a crack head instead! Because according to you the police shouldn't be DOING THEIR JOBS. No plates could be a stolen car, a car being used for a robbery or burglary or any number of things. But hey, if you have it your way this person could have just been let go and gone and killed your family member. Would you still not want the police to have chased her and arrested her? Hmmmm

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