say they've apprehended a Florida man who allegedly led police on a brief manhunt after he fled a pickup truck that crashed into a sign and engulfed in flames.
William White, 42, of Seffner, Florida is alleged to have crashed his vehicle into a sign between Franklin Turnpike and Route 17 near the just past 8 p.m. on Friday night.
Police say White fled on foot toward Walthery Ave. before the vehicle caught fire, triggering a response by the Ridgewood Fire Department and several police departments.
Ridgewood police and a county K-9 unit searched for over an hour in Ridgewood's northeast section before White was found in Ho-Ho-Kus by Ho-Ho-Kus police, authorities said.
White was found uninjured, Lt. Todd Harris told Patch Friday night. The Florida man is likely to receive numerous traffic citations, according to police.
It's still unclear as to why he allegedly fled the scene. There were no warrants out for his arrest and the white pickup truck – which had New York plates – was not reported stolen, Harris said.
White was described as being "uncooperative" with authorities.
The incident remains under investigation.
This report was last updated at 11:24 p.m. Friday.
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