PLEASANTVILLE — One of the men arrested and charged in an August 2016 shootout on the Atlantic City Expressway was arrested this week on drug charges, police said.
Wilbert Demosthenes, 27, of Pleasantville, was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park, police said.
Demosthenes also was charged with resisting arrest by flight and eluding police in a motor vehicle, police said.
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About 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Patrolman Ryan VanSyckle attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on a gray Dodge Journey near Tremont and McKinley avenues, police said.
The car’s operator, later identified as Demosthenes, refused to stop, started a motor vehicle pursuit and attempted to elude VanSyckle for several minutes through multiple residential areas before abandoning the car behind Dollar General at 600 S. New Road and fleeing on foot along with passenger Naseir Hampton, 18, also of Pleasantville, police said.
Demosthenes was apprehended by VanSyckle and Patrolman Daniel Davis after a brief foot pursuit and was found to be in possession of 41 bags of suspected heroin and 10 grams of suspected cocaine/fentanyl, police said.
Hampton was apprehended by Detectives Pablo Solorzano and Mark Millard a block away without incident, police said.
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An investigation led to Hampton being charged with possession of about 4½ ounces of marijuana packaged for distribution, police said.
Hampton was also charged with resisting arrest by flight, possession of marijuana over 50 grams with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park, police said.
Demosthenes was taken to the Atlantic County jail pending a detention hearing, and Hampton was processed and released on a summons, police said.
In August 2016, Demosthenes was one of five people injured during a rolling shootout on the Expressway. Police have said he was shot during the melee and drove to Philadelphia, where he admitted himself to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his arm.
He was later found at a home on Willard Avenue, where he was arrested without incident by Pleasantville police and State Police detectives.
Detectives previously said Demosthenes was in a black Dodge Ram pickup truck associated with the shooting that was later found in Pleasantville with his blood in it, matched through a DNA test.