‘Empty Ending’: JCPD lieutenant runs out of gas while eluding NJ State Police

JCPD LT. Michael Dillon was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Eluding after being pursued by the New Jersey State Police along I-195.

JCPD Lt. Michael Dillon shaking hands with Chief Michael Kelly at promotion ceremony.

Though it’s unclear why Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) Lt. Michael Dillon apparently failed to obey a trooper’s signal to pull over, he probably should’ve checked how much gas was in his car’s tank before allegedly fleeing from the New Jersey State Police (NJSP).

According to a NJSP spokesperson, Dillon was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and eluding police after “several miles” of pursuit finally ended in Upper Freehold Township. Dillon was traveling east bound on I-195 when his car apparently ran out of gas, which ultimately ended the pursuit around 2:30 AM on December 14, 2018.

Investigative reports related to the incident are still being generated and no other information was made available by the NJSP. Dillon’s charges will be handled in the Upper Freehold Township Municipal Court, according to the NJSP.

Numerous JCPD sources were shocked to learn of Dillon’s arrest, including one source who said it’s “completely out of character.” Dillon supposedly works midnights, though, it’s unclear whether he was on duty or not at the time of the incident.

A spokesperson for the Fulop Administration did not respond to an email seeking comment on this story and Dillon’s status with the JCPD. A call to JCPD Chief Michael Kelly’s office was not immediately returned.


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