TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR DENNIS CALO
DATE: MAY 3, 2018
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of MICHAEL L. THORPE (DOB: 12/31/1997; single; and employed as a landscaper) of 10 Vincent Place, Teterboro, NJ on a charge of Resisting Arrest by Eluding. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Michael Saudino, and the Lyndhurst Police Department under the direction of Chief James O’Connor.
On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that officers from the Lyndhurst Police Department were involved in the pursuit of a motorcycle which resulted in serious bodily injury to the operator. Shortly after terminating the pursuit, the officers located the suspect motorcycle after the rider lost control and was ejected. An investigation revealed that THORPE was operating the motorcycle at the time of the pursuit and subsequent collision.
As a result of the investigation, THORPE was charged with one count of Resisting Arrest by Eluding, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2b, a crime of the second degree. THORPE is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyndhurst Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.