A North Brunswick man was charged with eluding by South Brunswick Police after he allegedly called dispatch and said he couldn't stop for police due to an emergency at his residence.
John Andretta, 30, was charged with eluding police and numerous other motor vehicle violations Thursday evening.
At 10:21 p.m., Officer Ricardo Morreira was attempting to stop a 2011 Hyundai Sonata allegedly driven by Andretta on Georges Road. Police said the vehicle would not stop for the officer, so Morreira then notified police dispatch of the situation.
At about the same time, police said Andretta called South Brunswick Police dispatch and told them he had an emergency at his home in North Brunswick and would not stop for police.
Morreira then turned off his lights and siren as the Hyundai pulled onto the northbound side of Route 130. Shortly thereafter, three South Brunswick officers arrived at the North Brunswick residence in question and found the Hyundai already parked there.
The officers asked the residents about an emergency at the house, but the homeowners said they were unaware of any problems, according to police. After several different occupants of the home exited the residence, Andretta, the homeowner's son, admitted to driving the Hyundai.
"Andretta explained that he knew he had outstanding warrants and the car was unregistered," said South Brunswick Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Ryan. "He was not sure if the police would just let him go and not follow up if he said he had an emergency. His only emergency was that he did not want to be stopped by the police."
Andretta was wanted on an outstanding warrant by the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department for failing to appear in court. He is currently lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick.