A Somers Point man was arrested on drug and gun charges Wednesday after crashing into a tree while allegedly fleeing police in Atlantic City.

Jamal Nixon, 20, was driving his vehicle at 12:25 p.m. when Detectives Daryl Dabney, Jaimee Moore and James Herbert attempted to stop his vehicle at Kentucky and Arctic avenues, Lt. James Sarkos said. Nixon instead kept driving, and police followed until Nixon crashed into a tree at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and McKinley Avenue.

The suspect then fled on foot, but the detectives apprehended him. Inside the car, they found a handgun, hollow-point bullets, marijuana and heroin in the vehicle, Sarkos said.

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Nixon was transported to the Atlantic County jail on $100,000 full cash bail.

Police charged him with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun during a drug offense, possession of hollow-point ammunition, possession of marijuana, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of drugs with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of drugs with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a park, resisting arrest and eluding.

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