UPDATE: Pickup Explodes Into Flames, Driver Flees

A Florida man is expected to face charges after police say he abandoned his wrecked, fire-scarred pickup truck off Franklin Turnpike in Ridgewood Friday night.

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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lk July 28, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Hope he is not injured running dazed and confused.
Kbmblb July 28, 2012 at 02:34 AM
That's a civil war historical cemetery.,..... What's it gonna take to put up some barriers so idiots like this do t destroy history?
Harry Ballsonya July 28, 2012 at 02:45 AM
DUI The ole crash burn and run Be sober when they catch em...............cannot wait to hear why he left the scene.


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