Shaleke Fisher Guilty of 2nd Degree Eluding

On February 9, 2012, a Union County Jury found Shaleke Fisher guilty of 2nd degree Eluding of a police officer after a three day trial prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Jamel Semper and presided over by the Honorable Frederic R. McDaniel. On the morning of March 16, 2011, Officer Stanley Pearson, a five year veteran of the Scotch Plains Police Department, observed Shaleke Fisher driving a Honda Odyssey at over 80 M.P.H. in a 35 M.P.H. speed zone near Front Street in Scotch Plains.

Officer Pearson attempted to pull over Mr. Fisher in the area of Terrill Road.  Mr. Fisher briefly slowed down his vehicle and signaled as if he was going to pull over before accelerating to speeds of over 80 M.P.H. on residential roads in Scotch Plains.  At one point during the chase, Mr. Fisher swerved off the road and hit a utility pole before regaining control of his vehicle.  Officer Pearson and half dozen officers from the Scotch Plains Police Department and the Union County Police Department chased Mr. Fisher for over three miles before the chase ended in Plainfield.  Mr. Fisher has five prior felony convictions for charges spanning from aggravated assault with a weapon to distribution of Heroin within a school zone.  Mr. Fisher, 33, will be sentenced in April 2012 and will face up to 20 years in State prison.