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Accused Man Says “It Wasn’t Me” On Facebook After Police Release Photo of High Speed Chase Suspect

JACKSON-On Saturday, March 16, 2019, at approximately 12:23 pm, officers were dispatched to respond to the report of a disturbance involving a male and female in the parking lot of the Willow Point Complex located on East Commodore Boulevard. While en route, officers were advised that the vehicle, a 2010 Toyota, had left the complex with the male driving. Police Officer Matt Roth located the Toyota a short time later on South Cooksbridge Road and after confirming it was the involved vehicle, activated his patrol unit’s emergency lights to initiate a motor vehicle stop with it. Instead of pulling over for the officer, the driver sped up, disregarding the patrol unit’s emergency lights and siren. Officer Roth began to pursue the Toyota as it reached speeds of 100 miles per hour while passing other vehicles on the road over a double yellow line. The vehicle then turned onto New Central Avenue and crossed Hope Chapel Road, traveling into Lakewood as the pursuit was terminated.

Police posted the incident along with their man suspect’s photo on Facebook.

During the investigation, officers were able to positively identify the driver as Larry Crippen, age 20 (pictured), with addresses in Jackson and Lakewood. It was also discovered that Mr. Crippen had an outstanding warrant out of Ocean County.

Crippen replied in the comments section that it wasn’t him and according to the police the media and the public are reminded that any persons arrested or charged with any offenses or crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Mr. Crippen was charged with eluding (2nd degree), hindering apprehension and unlawful taking of means of conveyance on a complaint warrant. He was also charged with speeding, driving while suspended, reckless driving and multiple other traffic offenses. Anyone with information on Mr. Crippen’s whereabouts are asked to contact Detective Michael Goelz at the Jackson Police Department at 732-928-1111 or through the P3 Tips app online.

It’s unknown if Crippen has been apprehended yet, but is not listed in the Ocean County Jail inmate directory.

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