A Gloucester County man was driving drunk and with an open container when he struck a pedestrian in Atlantic City and fled Saturday night.

Patrol officers responded to Harrah’s Boulevard just before 9 p.m., and found the pedestrian injured, Sgt. Kevin Fair said.

James Smith, of Paoli, Pennsylvania, was was struck by a minivan as he crossed the street. The van then drove off, according to the report.

Smith was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's City Campus with non-life threatening injuries.

A citizen followed the van onto the Atlantic City Expressway, then called 911, to let police know where he was.

The citizen lost the vehicle near mile marker 10.

New Jersey State Police were notified, and Trooper Mark Brown found the van near mile marker 17, Fair said.

The driver, Richard Fox, 51, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested. The National Park resident was taken to the police station, where he was given summonses for driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, reckless driving, leaving the scene of crash with injuries and having an open alcoholic container.

The incident is being investigated by Officer Michael Trivers. Anyone with information is asked to call Atlantic City police at 609-347-5744 or Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234. Information can also be texted anonymously to tip411 (847411), beginning the text with ACPD.

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