An Atlantic City police officer remains hospitalized after he crashed his all-terrain vehicle while responding to a call Monday night.
Officer Michael Mayer, 51, was patrolling the beach on an ATV when he was called to the Taj Mahal Casino Resort at about 7:30 p.m. for an unruly man who was working for a security contractor.
On his way to the call, Mayer — a 14-year veteran of the department — struck the corner of the building, severely injuring his right leg, which required surgery, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.
Mayer was in good condition Tuesday and was expected to be released in a day or two, she said.
Sgt. Daryl Hall and his K-9 partner, Max, apprehended the employee, who was identified as Jonathan James, 48, of Sicklerville, Camden County, police said. The K-9 was injured in the nose and mouth during the arrest.
James was charged with aggravated assault on police, injury to a law enforcement animal, resisting arrest and simple assault. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during the arrest, then transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $50,000 bail.
Max was set to be evaluated at the Red Bank Animal Hospital for his injuries, which did not appear serious, police said.
James, who his boss described as a “gentle giant,” was having a “diabetic episode,” explained Pat Hurley, who runs the private security company James was working for. Original reports from police said James worked for the not-yet-opened Scores strip club.
Hurley said James was on break and not working when the incident occurred. The medical report showed that James’ blood sugar was very low and his behavior reflected that, Hurley said.
“Obviously, I can’t have him back working for me anymore,” said Hurley, who is retired from the Atlantic City Police Department. “It’s a shame. He’s a good guy.”
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact he Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit at 609-347-5766. Information can be texted anonymously to tip411 (847411), beginning the text with ACPD. Information can also be called into Crimestoppers at 609-652-1234.
Staff writer Jennifer Bogdan contributed to this report.
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