A 31-year-old woman was charged Monday after she led police on a chase for more than an hour through multiple towns when an officer attempted to stop her car in the early morning hours, according to police.
Michelle Zahner, of Keansburg, was charged with eluding police in a chase where speeds reached 96 mph, police said. There were no injuries and no police vehicles were damaged, authorities said.
The pursuit started when Holmdel police Patrolman Jonathan Martin tried to pull over the vehicle Zahner was driving around 1:50 a.m. on Laurel Avenue near Middle Road because the car did not have license plates, police said.
The vehicle originally did not stop for authorities and crossed over Route 36 into Keansburg, where it then stopped twice, but took off at a high rate of speed each time the officer attempted to approach the car, police said. From there, the vehicle took Laurel Avenue to the Garden State Parkway, getting on the southbound side at Exit 114.
Police said Zahner threw several unknown items out the window while on the Parkway before getting off at Exit 100A.
The chase ensued through several towns, and onto Route 34 northbound, police said. In Wall Township the front passenger-side tire ripped off the vehicle while Zahner tried to manipulate a traffic circle, police said. Despite one tire being out, police said she continued on Route 34 to Old Bridge, and turned back towards Hazlet on Route 9 southbound to Route 35 southbound, and onto Route 36 toward Middletown.