BERKELEY – A Lacey Township man has been arrested and charged after hitting a police car and fleeing the scene Sunday afternoon, police said.
Around noon, police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a man possibly under the influence at the QuickChek gas pumps located on Atlantic City Boulevard (Route 9). The caller described the man to police as “nodding off” in his car.
When authorities arrived, the driver, identified as 21-year-old Kyle Comerford of Lacey, refused to speak to police.
According to the police report, Officer Hester witnessed Comerford conceal an unknown object into the area between the front seat and center console. Comerford was then ordered out of the car, to which he refused. Instead, he put his truck in reverse and drove into an unoccupied patrol car, causing damage.
According to police, Comerford then drove off over the curb and grass and made his way onto Route 9 and headed south. Lacey Township Police located Comerford shortly after on Renee Court.
Comerford then fled on foot, however he was quickly located and placed under arrest. Officers found a bookbag in Comerford’s possession with various amounts of narcotics inside, police said.
He was charged with Eluding, Obstructing the administration of law, possession of CDS, Possession of CDS with the intent to distribute. This included seven separate charges for possession of scheduled prescription drugs and possession of Cocaine. Comerford is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail.
Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.