A known gang member who eluded South Brunswick Police during a high-speed motor vehicle chase last month was captured Friday by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.
Harry Harrington Jr., 43, of Trenton, was charged with eluding after he fled from police with two children in his car, according to authorities. He was also wanted in several other jurisdictions, police said.
On Jan. 28 at 8 p.m., South Brunswick Police Officer Michael Leung was conducting a speed checkpoint on Route 1 near Independence Way. As he was running radar, Leung observed a black Lexus 340 traveling at 80 mph, according to police.
Officer Leung attempted to stop the Lexus, but it accelerated reaching speeds of almost 100 mph as the driver weaved from lane to lane attempting to lose the officer, according to police.
The Lexus then approached Raymond Road and pulled into the jug handle in an attempt to hide from Leung, but again accelerated onto Route 1 and headed north after being observed by the officer, according to police. Leung allegedly witnessed two children in the back seat of vehicle.
The Lexus then pulled into the Target parking lot off of Route 1, and pulled back out onto Route 1 headed south in the northbound lanes. Officer Leung stopped following the Lexus because of the driver's "reckless disregard for the public and children in his vehicle," police said.
After authorities positively identified Harrington as the driver, it was learned that he allegedly fled from other police agencies in the past, according to police.
A warrant was then issued by Judge Michael Dowgin charging Harrington with eluding.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force tracked Harrington down to a location in Trenton on Friday evening. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle, according to police.
“This gang member did not hesitate to endanger the lives of the public or the children that were with him," said Chief Raymond Hayducka via release. "Officer Leung and the U.S. Marshals Task Force deserve special recognition in capturing this suspect. Their efforts prevented injury and took a dangerous person off the streets."
Harrington is currently lodged in the Mercer County Correction Center in Hopewell.