Absecon Police Car

ABSECON — An Egg Harbor City man was charged with assault by auto and reckless driving after a Monday afternoon crash.

At 4:20 p.m., city police patrol units responded to the White Horse Pike near the Travelodge Hotel for a car crash, according to a news release from the department. Officers found two cars involved with one rolling over into the marsh.

The driver of the latter car was taken by the city’s emergency medical services squad to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for treatment, police said.

Witnesses told police that Vishal H. Patel, the driver of the second car, was speeding and passing on the shoulder of the road, according to the release. The four other people inside his car refused medical treatment.

Patel, 31, was charged with assault by auto, DWI, reckless driving, racing and several other motor vehicle violations, police said.

The pike’s westbound lanes were closed to traffic for about two hours while officers investigated the crash, according to the release.

The city’s fire department also responded.

Police encouraged anyone who witnessed the crash, or the moments leading up to it, to call the department at 609-641-0667.

Contact: 609-272-7241

mbilinski@pressofac.com

Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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