A 22-year-old Northfield man led Somers Point Police on a high-speed car chase through several neighborhood streets early this morning before crashing into a building, several stops signs and a mailbox, then fleeing on foot.

Somers Point Police Chief Michael Boyd said police observed Ryan Williamson driving at about 70 mph on Shore Road in Somers Point at around 3 a.m. Monday.

Williamson attempted to elude police, which resulted in the high-speed crash, Boyd said. The chase passed through several small residential streets. After he crashed into the mailbox at Ocean Heights Avenue, his vehicle, which sustained extensive damage, came to a rest and Williamson got out and fled on foot, Boyd said.

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K9 unit officer Mark McElwee and Sonni found and apprehended Williamson, who was charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and ecstasy, DWI, refusal to subject to a breathalyzer test, second-degree eluding and criminal intent.

He is being held at the Atlantic County Justice Center on a $150,000 cash bail.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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