Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. announce that Derek Schor, 37 years-old of Wayne, was found guilty of one count of Eluding while Creating a Risk of Death or Injury to Any Person, a crime of the second degree, one count of Resisting Arrest by Flight, a crime of the fourth degree, and one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle During a Period of License Suspension, after a five day jury trial before the Honorable David H. Ironson, J.S.C. Assistant Prosecutors Alexis Keller and Catherine LaQuaglia represented the State in these proceedings.
According to authorities, on August 19, 2017, members of the Pequannock Police Department attempted to pull over the defendant on Route 23 North at the intersection of Jackson Avenue after he committed an alleged Theft at an Exxon gas station in Wayne. Instead of complying with their signals to stop, the defendant led multiple officers on a high-speed chase that ultimately culminated with the defendant crashing his vehicle on the entrance ramp for Route 287 in Riverdale.
Officials say the defendant then ran from his vehicle as police arrived and was eventually arrested in a nearby ravine area. It was also determined the defendant was driving while his license was suspended for a second or subsequent Driving While Intoxicated conviction.
In the afternoon of February 28, 2018, the jury returned a verdict on the Eluding and Resisting Arrest charges. In the afternoon of March 4, 2019, the jury returned a guilty verdict on the Operating a Motor Vehicle During a Period of License Suspension charge. Defendant was remanded to the Morris County Jail and is expected to be sentenced on April 5, 2019.