Two Men Sentenced in Connection with Motor Vehicle Chase

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DENVILLE — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Denville Township Police Chief Frank Perna announce the sentencing of two males in connection with a motor vehicle incident that occurred on June 13, 2019, in Denville.

On August 27, 2020, Wanya McHenry, 19, with a last known address in Newark, was sentenced by the Hon. David H. Ironson, J.S.C. to four years in New Jersey State Prison with 18 months parole ineligibility.

On May 27, 2020, McHenry entered guilty pleas to second-degree Use of a Juvenile in Theft of Automobiles and third-degree Receiving Stolen Property before Judge Ironson.

On September 4, 2020, Alakir Wardlaw, 20, with a last known address in Orange, was sentenced by the Hon. David H. Ironson, J.S.C. to five years in New Jersey State Prison with 42 months parole ineligibility.

On April 22, 2020, Wardlaw had entered guilty pleas to second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, second-degree Employing a Juvenile in Theft of Automobiles, second degree Eluding, third-degree Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and third-degree Resisting Arrest before Judge Ironson.

The charges arise from an attempted car theft that occurred in Denville on June 13, 2019. While responding to a report of a stolen Toyota Highlander at approximately 1:38 a.m., Denville Police encountered two vehicles, including the stolen Toyota Highlander and a Dodge Durango.

Further investigation revealed that the Dodge Durango was previously reported stolen out of Montclair. When police attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the Dodge Durango, the Toyota Highlander impeded the stop and both vehicles fled from the police.

The Dodge Durango ultimately crashed into a Denville Police Department patrol vehicle and the driver and passenger fled on foot. The driver of the stolen Dodge Durango was subsequently identified as Alakir Wardlaw; the passenger of the vehicle was identified as a juvenile male.

A subsequent search of the stolen Dodge Durango that was driven by Wardlaw revealed a defaced handgun. Shortly after the chase, police located the stolen Toyota Highlander abandoned a short distance away. The driver of the Highlander was subsequently identified as Wanya McHenry.

Prosecutor Knapp acknowledges members of the Denville Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit who contributed to the successful prosecution of this matter.

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Frank Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019 both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation, Vice Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board and Co-Host of Focus on Business, Cable TV Business Show.