ELIZABETH — A Plainfield man who led police on a chase through five towns and at one point tried to run down a state trooper was convicted following a bench trial before Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim.
Eugene Lawton, 46, was found guilty of second degree eluding, third degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and fourth degree aggravated assault on a police officer, according to Assistant Prosecutor Ann Marie Gibbons, who presented the case.
Lawton was driving with a suspended license on Rt. 78 West in Berkeley Heights on July 16, 2010 when a New Jersey State Trooper attempted to pull him over. Lawton gave chase through five towns in both Union and Somerset counties, said Gibbons. At one point in the pursuit, he drove his vehicle at a high rate of speed towards a trooper who was on foot. The chase ended after police lost sight of Lawton’s vehicle. He was arrested a day later by the New Jersey State Police.
Lawton faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 16.
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