High-Speed Chase of Drunken Driver with Drugs Ends In Route 206 Crash

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James, A. Martin, 52, of Pocono Pines, PA, tried to elude police while tossing suspected cocaine out of the driver's side window.

Martin is facing several charges from both Stanhope and Byram, including:

  • Second-degree eluding
  • Third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  • Fourth-degree tampering with evidence
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while suspended
  • Careless driving
  • Driving an unregistered vehicle
  • Failure to wear a seat belt

What Happened:

Police stopped Martin near the Dollar General store on Route 183 after they spotted his vehicle swerving in and out of his lane, suspecting intoxication around 11:45 p.m., authorities said.

Just as the officer got out of his patrol car, Martin sped away up Route 183, leading police onto Route 206 northbound and tossing suspected cocaine out of the driver's side window, Stanhope police said.

Martin's car jumped the sidewalk and hit several road signs before crashing near ShopRite Plaza, damaging his car, according to police.

He continued driving northbound until his car became disabled at the Cat Swamp area, where police arrested him, authorities said.

Police obtained a warrant for blood tests while Martin was at Newton Medical Center.

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