GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A local man is accused of driving while intoxicated and several other charges after allegedly running a red light, crashing into a car, fleeing the scene and stealing a vehicle, police said.
Police responded to the accident at the White Horse Pike and Pomona Road about 7:20 a.m. Saturday. Rachel Thatcher, 27, of Galloway, was driving east on the pike when a car driven by Willis Austin, 34, also of Galloway, went through a red light at the intersection and struck her vehicle, police said.
Thatcher suffered arm and head injuries and was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City. Austin fled on foot toward Pomona Plaza, police said.
During the investigation, police received a 911 call from someone at Pomona Laundromat who said their car had just been stolen and was traveling east on the pike.
Officers checked the area and found Austin near East White Horse Pike and Third Avenue, police said. The vehicle he is accused of stealing was recovered behind W.L. Goodfellows & Co. Restaurant and Pub, police said.
In addition to DWI, Austin was charged with motor vehicle theft, assault by automobile and leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury. He was released on summonses pending a future court date.