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.

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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