Vineland police

VINELAND — A Gloucester County man was charged Saturday with aggravated assault and drug offenses related to an October crash after police found a hypodermic needle in the man’s car.

Before officers went to North Delsea Drive and Gallagher Drive for a serious two-car crash Oct. 3, police received a call that an Omni Bakery employee, Jonathan Lema, was “acting bizarre in the parking lot and may have been under the influence of some type of narcotic,” Sgt. Nicholas Dounoulis said in a statement Tuesday.

When police arrived at the crash scene, they found Lema, 21, of Williamstown, had run a stop sign and his car was struck by a southbound vehicle on Delsea Drive, Dounoulis said.

Lema’s car overturned and crossed the intersection before ending up on the property of the old Vineland Taxidermy in the 3400 block of North Delsea Drive. Officers found a hypodermic needle with a liquid inside on Lema’s dashboard, Dounoulis said.

Lema and the other driver were taken by helicopter to Cooper University Hospital in Camden to be treated for serious injuries. At Cooper, Lema was found to be in possession of heroin and his blood samples tested positive for cocaine and opiates, Dounoulis said.

Lema was charged Saturday with driving under the influence of narcotics, assault by auto causing significant bodily injury to the other driver, possession of a hypodermic needle, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and aggravated assault.

At the time of the crash, Lema was charged with reckless driving and disregarding a traffic-control device.

He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail pending court in Bridgeton.

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