Man Who Led Scotch Plains Police On Chase Convicted Of Eluding

ELIZABETH – A Union County jury convicted a man who led Scotch Plains Police on a chase that reached speeds of over 80 mph on residential roads last year, the prosecutor’s office announced today.

Shaleke Fisher was found guilty of second degree eluding of a police officer yesterday, following a three-day trial prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Jamel Semper and presided over by Judge Frederic R. McDaniel.

On the morning of March 16, 2011, Officer Stanley Pearson, a five year veteran of the Scotch Plains Police Department, observed Shaleke Fisher driving a Honda Odyssey at over 80 mph in a 35 mph speed zone near Front Street in Scotch Plains.

Pearson attempted to pull over Fisher in the area of Terrill Road. Fisher briefly slowed his vehicle and signaled as if he was going to pull over before accelerating to speeds of over 80 mph on residential roads in Scotch Plains. At one point during the chase, Fisher swerved off the road and hit a utility pole before regaining control of his vehicle. Pearson and half dozen officers from the Scotch Plains Police Department and the Union County Police Department chased Fisher for over three miles before the chase ended in Plainfield.

Fisher has five prior felony convictions for charges spanning from aggravated assault with a weapon to distribution of heroin within a school zone, according to the prosecutor’s office. Fisher, 33, will be sentenced in April 2012 and will face up to 20 years in state prison on the eluding charge.

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