February 5, 2022
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on Friday, February 4, Michael Mahan, 38, of Ewing Township, was sentenced by the Honorable Michael T. Collins, J.S.C., to eight years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP), as a result of a previously entered guilty plea to Eluding in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2b, in connection with a series of events that transpired in Jackson Township on May 8, 2021. Additionally, Judge Collins sentenced Mahan to five years NJSP as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Terroristic Threats in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3b, and five years NJSP as a result of his guilty plea to Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(2), likewise arising out of the events that occurred in Jackson Township on May 8, 2021. The sentences will run concurrently. Judge Collins also suspended Mahan’s driving privileges for a period of seven months as a result of his guilty plea to Driving While Intoxicated in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. Mahan pled guilty to all of these charges before Judge Collins on September 29, 2021.
On May 8, 2021, Jackson Township Police Officers responded to a 911 call for a report of a stabbing incident on Maria Street. Responding Officers discovered a female with a large slash across her face. An investigation conducted by the Jackson Township Police revealed that the female victim had been followed to her residence by Mahan. Mahan held a knife to the victim’s neck, threatened to kill her, and then struck her in the face while holding the knife, thereby causing a laceration to her face. As a neighbor intervened and called 911, Mahan fled the area. Mahan’s vehicle was observed by Officers traveling on Toms River Road. A pursuit was initiated, and Mahan fled at a high rate of speed. As Mahan was attempting to navigate a turn onto West Veterans Highway, he struck another vehicle. As he continued travelling at a high rate of speed on West Veterans Highway, Mahan’s vehicle collided with yet another vehicle, forcing it off the road. Mahan’s vehicle traveled approximately 500 more feet before it became disabled; he was subsequently taken into custody without incident.
Mahan was initially transported to Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood for the purpose of securing a blood sample to determine whether he was operating the motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs; laboratory results from the blood draw later confirmed that Mahan’s blood alcohol level was .14 – nearly twice the legal limit under New Jersey law. Mahan was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has been lodged since May 8, 2021.
The female victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The occupants of the two vehicles struck by Mahan were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as Jackson Township Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation ultimately leading to Mahan’s apprehension, guilty pleas, and now his state prison sentence.