GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A man who struck a township police officer on Wrangleboro Road in July surrendered early this morning after police surrounded him in a home here.
Galloway Township Police said they received information that James Gallaway was inside an apartment on Meadowridge Road in the Smithville section and may have been armed.
Gallaway was wanted on warrants for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, assault by auto, eluding, obstruction, possession of CDS, and several motor vehicle violations, after he allegedly struck a police officer with a car in July during a traffic stop.
Early Monday morning, police officers secured the area and evacuated nearby residents as the Atlantic County SWAT team responded, police said. Gallaway voluntarily surrendered without incident at 1:37 a.m., police said. After Gallaway surrendered, residents were allowed to return to their homes, police said.
A search warrant for the home was executed by the SWAT team and Galloway Township police detectives. More charges are pending, police said. Gallaway has been lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
Police said that on July 29, K9 Sgt. Scott Winneberger made a traffic stop on Wrangleboro Road, and the driver suddenly accelerated as Winneberger was speaking to him, striking the officer with his vehicle. Winneberger received minor injuries, police said.
Police said the vehicle was found after it crashed a short distance from the traffic stop, and the driver had fled on foot. Heroin was found in the vehicle, but Gallaway was not located at that time, police said.
During Gallaway’s arrest Monday morning, Galloway Township EMS, Absecon EMS, AtlantiCare EMS, and Galloway Township Public Works assisted at the scene. Egg Harbor City Police assisted in handling calls for service in Galloway Township during the incident.