On December 20, 2012 at approximately 0113 hours, Officer Leo Rudolph attempted to stop a vehicle that was driving erratically on US Rt. 40 in the area of Mays Landing Village. The vehicle turned in and continued through the development refusing to stop. The vehicle came out onto Babcock Road and accelerated away from patrol as it proceeded back toward US Rt. 40.
As he reached the intersection with US Rt. 40, the driver, Dwayne Townsend (19) of Pleasantville, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. Townsend then abandoned the vehicle into the woods on foot, leaving his injured passenger in the vehicle. Officer Rudolph stood by with the passenger and summoned the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad to the scene.
Hamilton Township Officers began searching the surrounding area for the subject. A few minutes later, Sergeant John Cressey located Townsend running in the area of Oakcrest High School and took him into custody.
Townsend was subsequently charged with Eluding, Resisting Arrest, Driving While Intoxicated, Identity Theft and Hindering Arrest. He was also a NJ Wanted Person for a parole violation. He was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail on $20,000.00 bail for tonight’s charges as well as a no bail warrant for the violation of parole.
His passenger, Akelah Brown-Garrison (18) of Atlantic City was transported by Township of Hamilton Rescue to Atlanticare Mainland Division for treatment of her injuries.
Galloway K-9 also assisted at the scene.