Toms River police have apprehended a woman who attempted to run from police on Lakehurst Road in the area of the Silver Ridge Apartments.
TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Police still don’t know why a woman led officers on a foot chase Friday that injured one officer and ended with her arrest in a muddy swamp near the Garden State Parkway.
However, police released Loraine Niocolosi, 36 of Brick, from custody Saturday pending a future court date and the potential of more charges being added, said Ralph Stucco, the Toms River Police Department’s public information officer.
Niocolosi was apparently riding in a 2008 Chevy Malibu driven by Daniel Menchise, 62, of Berkely when it crashed into the front of a ShopRite at 1:45 p.m.
Menchise had a medical boot on his right foot that caused him to have difficulties operating his car, according to Stucco.
“As he approached the building he lost control and rode over the curb, ultimately hitting the cement support column of the building. His female passenger jumped out of the car and ran away prior to police arrival,” Stucco said.
Officer Ryan Fitzgerald saw Niocolosi walking west of the Garden State Parkway 45 minutes later, but as he approached her, she fled on foot.
“The officer gave chase and the two went tumbling down a steep embankment together. Fitzgerald landed on a sharp object, causing a deep laceration that required in excess of 25 stitches,” Stucco said.
Niocolosi jumped into the water and continued to flee by swimming in the Toms River and running through a swampy area. Police apprehend her only after officers and fire personnel reached her using a rescue boat.
“She offered no explanation as to why she fled the scene of the initial crash,” said Stucco.
Niocolosi was charged with obstructing the administration of law. Menchise was charged with careless operation of a motor vehicle.
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