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Intentional hit-and-run accident leads to domestic-violence arrest, police say

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Lower Township police

LOWER TOWNSHIP — A hit-and-run car accident led to the arrest of a Middle Township man on domestic-violence charges.

At 7:42 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Kenneth Walker responded to Hazelwood Avenue for a report of a hit-and-run accident.

An investigation revealed a car was intentionally rear-ended by another vehicle driven by the victim’s ex-boyfriend, police said in a release.

The victim told police she was being harassed and threatened by the ex, later identified as Shawn L. Pettit, 35, of Shunpike Road, police said.

Police said the victim was in a car with two children and two other adults when Pettit began sending her threatening text messages. Pettit, in his own vehicle, then followed the victim’s vehicle through the township, hitting the car and fleeing the scene, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Pettit was taken into custody without incident by Middle Township police and taken to the Lower Township Police Department.

Police contacted the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office for appropriate charges.

He was charged with terroristic threats, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, stalking and simple assault. He was taken to the Cape May County jail, pending a judge’s decision.

Pettit is listed on the New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry for a 2007 charge of endangering the welfare of a child and a 1997 charge of aggravated assault.

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