An Atlantic City man led police on a car chase through the city’s streets early Saturday after an accident, police said.
Officer Joseph Donatucci observed an accident at Atlantic and Georgia avenues at 4:01 a.m. Saturday. One of the vehicles, a Ford pickup, fled the scene east on Atlantic Avenue, police said.
A short time later, Officer Dawn Riggs spotted the vehicle traveling west on Pacific Avenue before turning north on South Florida Avenue, the driver committing several motor-vehicle offenses as he went, police said. The pickup then cut through a parking lot before driving north on Bellevue Avenue.
Officers Phillip Davidson and Michael Peters located the pickup and exited their patrol vehicle to apprehend the driver. Police said the driver, later identified as Nepthali Ramirez, 27, ignored the officers’ orders and continued on, striking the patrol car. Davidson was struck by his car’s door during the collision.
During the incident, Ramirez also struck two parked cars on Bellevue Avenue.
Ramirez continued on, striking another patrol vehicle driven by Sgt. Kevin Fair head-on. He then attempted to flee on foot but was arrested after a brief pursuit.
Ramirez was treated at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for minor injuries and placed in Atlantic County Jail on $30,000 bail.
Ramirez was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault on a police officer and possession of a weapon, vehicle; eluding; obstructing; and resisting arrest. He was also cited for two counts of careless driving, three counts of reckless driving, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, failure to observe a stop sign and having a suspended license. He also had an outstanding traffic warrant for $1,000.
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