Two Pleasantville men face drugs and weapons charges after allegedly attempting to elude police Friday.
According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, Pleasantville police pursued a Lexus westbound on Delilah Road at about 8 p.m. after its driver refused to stop.
The vehicle, driven by Ronald Garner, 33, did not pull over after being signaled to do so. As Gamer fled, the vehicle collided with the rear of another vehicle and struck a sign, authorities said.
After the Lexus was disabled by the collisions at the intersection of Delilah and Mill roads, Garner and his passenger, Troy Sanchez, 18, abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, according to authorities.
Pleasantville police and an Atlantic County Sheriff's officer pursued the pair.
Garner allegedly brandished a weapon and was subsequently struck by a Pleasantville patrol vehicle. He was taken into custody and transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.
Sanchez fell during his attempt to flee and was arrested, authorities said.
A second handgun was recovered from the disabled Lexus.
Garner faces second-degree charges of eluding police, possession of a handgun and possession of a weapon by persons forbidden from possessing a handgun. Upon his release from the hospital, he will be lodged at the Atlantic County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Sanchez was charged with second-degree possession of a weapon and third-degree possession of heroin. He was lodged at the Atlantic County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
According to Press reports, Garner was previously arrested in 2005 for possession of heroin and in 2004 for another eluding attempt. In 1998, he was shot in the thigh at Stanley Holmes Village in Atlantic City.
Anyone witnesses to the crash are urged to call Crash Investigations Unit Detective Jim Rosiello at 609-909-7692 or Sgt. Kevin Hincks at 609-909-7667.
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