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Driver Charged After Fleeing Metuchen Police, Crashing Car in NJ House

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Posted on Oct 13, 2013

A Metuchen Police officer was taken on a surprise chase that ended in a car crash in Edison NJ when he attempted to pull over a 22-year-old driver on the afternoon of September 20, 2013.

According to police, the officer tried to pull Megan Lafrano over after she made an improper turn. But Lafrano allegedly ignored the officer’s lights, sirens, and instructions to pull over, continuing to drive through a residential neighborhood. She increased her speed and struck another vehicle during the chase, eventually losing control of her gold Toyota and crashing her car into the front of a NJ home.

Sgt. David Liantonio said that Lafrano barely missed hitting the homeowner in the crash.

“The pursuit didn’t really go very quickly. It was a very slow pursuit, but she was violating laws in between, so you didn’t know what was going on, so it could’ve been a problem for other people on the road,” Liantonio said.

Investigators told the media that Lafrano was charged with several traffic violations and fought being arrested after the accident. The accident is still under investigation, but police do not currently believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

Lafrano did attempt to explain her behavior to the arresting officer.

“Her only explanation was that she was scared and didn’t know what to do,” Liantonio said.

The homeowner, who declined to be identified, said he was in his living room just inches from where the car stopped. Although his front yard is still littered with glass, the family told reporters that the home is still structurally sound and that they plan to rebuild the damaged space immediately.

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