Joyrides Over For Phantom Motorcyclist Of Route 9

Christopher Lane defied police in Bayville, Pine Beach and Beachwood for over a week, speeding down Route 9 in excess of 100 miles per hour


They got him.

For more than a week, the man on the neon-green Kawasaki with no license plates had careened down Route 9 through Bayville, Pine Beach and Beachwood, hitting speeds of more than 100 miles per hour during rush hour.

Today was no exception. Christopher Lane, 23, Browns Mills, was spotted  speeding down the center of two-lane Route 9 in Bayville, making obscene gestures at police as he flew by around 7:30 a.m.

"Today he gave us the finger as he passed by," Berkeley Detective Sgt. James J. Smith said.

But this time, Lane didn't complete his journey.

This time, Berkeley Detective Joseph Robertazzi and Beachwood Detective Sgt. Glen DeMarco were watching Lane from the vantage point of a New Jersey State Police helicopter they had boarded during the early morning hours from a ballfield in Manitou Park.

It didn't take long to spot him. Lane entered Route 9 northbound in the area of Ocean Gate Drive in Bayville around 7:30 a.m. and roared down Route 9.

The helicopter tracked him as he entered the Garden State Parkway northbound, then got off at Exit 91 in Brick Township. He was finally apprehended at a commercial business near 4th Street and Monmouth Avenue in Lakewood.

"The New Jersey State Police helicopter directed a responding Beachwood Police vehicle to the business where the suspect was arrested without further incident," Smith said.

Lane was taken to the Beachwood Police Department where he was interviewed by detectives. He admitted his involvement in rides over the past week, on Aug 22, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 28, Aug. 29 and this morning, Smith said.

Lane, whose address is 50 Sepulga Drive in Browns Mills, had been staying at his girlfriend's house in Bayville. Police seized his 2005 Kawasaki ZX6.

Lane was charged with seven counts of second degree eluding and various other motor vehicle violations. Berkeley Municipal Court Judge James Gluck said Lane's bail at $205,000 with no ten percent option, Smith said.

Lane told police he eluded police because he had traffic warrants and a suspended driver's license, Smith said.

He now faces much more than that.

"He really put the motoring public in harm's way," Smith said. “The safe apprehension of this suspect would not have been possible without the cooperation of all of the police units involved. The State Police helicopter was the edge we needed to get this guy."

In most of the instances over the past week, police from area departments did not follow Lane in a high-speed chase because of the danger to other motorists, Smith said.

Police departments from Berkeley, Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River assisted in the investigation, he said.

Thomas August 30, 2012 at 08:43 PM
He doesn't look that bright other. Never saw him speeding around but glad he's off the streets. Can't stand when motorcyclists go between lanes and than complain "watch out for motorcyclists".
dainty August 30, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Awesome police coordination! Great job guys*
bill August 30, 2012 at 09:24 PM
not all that ride cut in and out of traffic so yes watch for motorcycles
Eggs-n-Toast August 30, 2012 at 09:43 PM
total douchenozzle....
Doc Rotten August 30, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Well.... multiple people on JSHN said he was getting off at exit 91... maybe they should've explored those leads first instead of wasting taxpayers money with the helicopter.... strength in numbers... just a thought. Anyway, glad they finally arrested this handjob
Nj Ghost August 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Umm Doc?....you don't know that they didn't "explore" those leads do you? Your guessing aren't you? If you were involved in the case perhaps you'd understand how it works but you weren't were you Doc? It wasn't the police who wasted taxpayer money it was this idiot who did the wasting..Now he will pay...All police involved did a good job....thank you guys
Kristina Borzek August 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I think they should do a better job getting hte facts straight. Girlfriend's house? Really?
Doc Rotten August 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Umm..And you know I wasn't how Ghost? .. How do you know Ghost?.. How?... How?.. How?
Nj Ghost August 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Perhaps because I know the officer from Berkley that was and he said there weren't any fools there.....That's how i know....
Yankeesfanaddict August 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM
This A-hole was on Hooper Ave/Brick Blvd also a few days ago cutting off cars that were turning and went by me at over 100mph. Drivers were saying things to him and he was giving them the finger and cursing at them. Happy they finally caught this idiot lolol
jeff August 31, 2012 at 01:09 AM
205000 bail ! Really ! Get caught selling heroin and bail is only 15,000
WhatstheRealProblem August 31, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Doc Rotten, really? What does getting off at exit 91 mean? If they tried to stop him there, he would have only put more ppl in jeopardy. And the last time I checked my tax dollars help pay the pilots salary who helped catch him...whether they sit in their office or fly around. As I see it, it was a tremendous use of my tax dollars. As far as you Kristina....what do you mean get their facts straight? You don't believe he was coming from his girlfriend's house? I guess you were there in the with them?
WhatstheRealProblem August 31, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Jeff.....come on buddy...read the story..7 counts of second degree crimes...do the math....there are a lot of considerations when setting bail. Average bail per count is under $30,000....right on target. This guy endangered a lot of people during rush hour and guess what, school is right around the corner! Imagine this conduct with kids at a bus stop?
jeff August 31, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Really 1500 bags of heroin, imagine if they were sold at bus stops.
WhatstheRealProblem August 31, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Absurd....when has a bail for 1500 bags of heroin been $15,000? What is your point?
Patricia A. Miller (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Hi folks, We'll have a little update tomorrow on the additional motor vehicle violations he was charged with.
jeff August 31, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Last week when four people were charged with possession of 1500 bags of heroin. They were released on 15,000 bail.
jeff August 31, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Four Charged After Motor Vehicle Stop Turns Up 1500 Bags of Heroin Toms River Police, Ocean County Prosecutors arrest four men from Toms River By Catherine Galioto | August 24, 2012
TheRealTruthoFitAll August 31, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Bail is not a punishment it is a guarantee he will be at his court date
Shelly August 31, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Geez. Look at that photo. Thank God he did't crash into any innocent people. He looks like he doesn't have all his marbles.
Keeping whats mine August 31, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Im thinking he has NO marbles. Make all bail that high. Dont need any of em.
WhatstheRealProblem August 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Ok Jeff...what are the facts of the case? Did four men have a total of 1500 bags? Did each person get charged separately? And yes...bail is a guarantee for court appearance, you are correct. Did you read in article that he already had warrants? Likely because he didn't show for court? I'm sure if the Superior Court feels the basil is too high or too low, they will august it....that is why there is a system in place.
WhatstheRealProblem August 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Bail, not basil...darn autocorrect!
George September 01, 2012 at 01:54 AM
had to get back to the institution by 9:00 am bed check?
Chrissy The Saint September 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I agree bail so high because besides the infractions he gave cops finger. So I'm sure the bail is a little FU back.
Martin September 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
"...charged with seven counts of second degree eluding and various other motor vehicle violations. Berkeley Municipal Court Judge James Gluck said Lane's bail at $205,000" while "the Honorable" (really???) Superior Court Judge Ronald Hoffman set bail at $15,000 for drug pushers caught with 1,500 bags of heroin.
read bull September 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM
too bad he didnt wrap himself around a pole like most crotchrocket a-holes.
Nick September 04, 2012 at 06:30 PM
See, lesson learned... Don't give law enforcement the finger….EVER… But you can blow off court…… He did it Five times and the Judge hit him…$41,000 grand each time. Really does seem fair…..…..ô¿Ô….
Peggy LaGrotteria laG September 07, 2012 at 04:14 AM
This guy passed me on the right on the parkway about 2 weeks ago - right on the line, he made his own lane cause there was traffic. I called the police cause it was that bad - blatant arrogance and disregard for human life. I'm glad they finally got him! Sad thing there are probably plenty more where he came from. Things are so out of hand in many ways here!
bayboat October 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Give motorcyclists a bad name. Going that fast it was just a matter of time before he killed himself(not worried about that) just glad they got him before he took someone with him.


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