NORTHFIELD — A Buena teenager was charged with assaulting an officer after he led police on a chase through backyards before being apprehended.

Police said they observed Justin V. Inman, 18, talking to two 11-year-old girls who did not know him and appeared uncomfortable on Fairbanks Avenue about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A Northfield police officer spoke to the girls and confirmed they did not know Inman, so officers stopped him. He provided a false name, and when the officer tried to arrest him, Inman allegedly shoved the officer and fled on foot over fences and through yards.

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Pleasantville police provided assistance before Inman was finally apprehended. A Northfield police officer sprained his knee during the chase.

Police said Inman was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Buena.

Inman was charged with obstructing justice, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a police officer. He was taken to the Atlantic County jail in lieu of posting $5,000 bail set by Municipal Court Judge Timothy Maguire.

— Michael Miller

Staff writer

Worked at The Press since 1998 covering Cape May County, business, the environment and special projects; The Express-Times; AP Jerusalem bureau intern.