A Pleasantville teen who made national headlines six years ago for being awarded a "crybaby award" by his middle school basketball coach is accused of leading police on a chase - and now faces assault, gun and drug charges.
Police say an officer was injured while trying to arrest Terrence Philo Jr., 19.
The chase started at about 11:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of South Franklin Boulevard and Tunis Avenue, according to Capt. Rocky Melendez.
Melendez said a person driving a gold Pontiac Grand-Am, later identified as Philo, attempted to rob someone using a gun.
A police officer saw that incident, causing Philo to drive off, Melendez said. The chase weaved through the surrounding roads, lasting for about five minutes, until Philo crashed his car into a parked vehicle.
Sgt. Matthew Hartman, trailing Philo at the time of the accident, crashed his vehicle into Philo's car, injuring his shoulder and knee.
Philo ran away from the accident scene, scaling fences, Melendez said. Despite the injuries, Hartman followed -- and then cut his hand on a fence. He needed 9 or 10 stitches to close the wound, Melendez said.
Police called in assistance from Egg Harbor Township Police, and the officers set up a perimeter around the neighboring streets. K-9 Officer Mark Mensch and his dog Diesel went to the scene, and Diesel trailed Philo's scent from the abandoned car to 44 Tunis Ave. Philo was found in the home, hiding inside a closet, and was arrested, Melendez said.
Melendez said a loaded .357 Magnum and crack cocaine were found inside the Grand-Am.
Philo, whose last known address was 601 New Jersey Ave. in Pleasantville, was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and gun and narcotics charges.
He was taken to Atlantic County Jail, and by early Tuesday afternoon, was still awaiting bail.
Philo made national headlines in 2004 after his middle school basketball coach awarded him with a "crybaby award" - featuring a silver figure of a baby atop a pedestal - at the team's banquet.
James Guillen was removed as the team's coach, but remained a special education teacher with the district.
Later, the school's boy's basketball "Heartsmanship" award was renamed the "Terrence Philo Jr. Award."
In May 2004, the coach and player appeared together at a school assembly that featured St. Joseph's University coach Phil Martelli.