Mays Landing Pair in a Heap of Trouble After Hitting Cop Car
A Mays Landing man crashed his car into a Hamilton Township Police car stopped at a stoplight, then drove away, riding the wrong way on Route 322 and fleeing, until his car stopped running.
Hamilton Township Police say is all happened around 9am Thursday morning, as Damon Zeak, 25, of Mays Landing crashed into the back of a marked police car driven by Sergeant Robell. The incident happened on the Route 50/Route 322 overpass. After the impact, Zeak drove on, heading in the wrong direction down the Route 322 ramp, and continuing against the flow of traffic. He refused to stop for other police vehicles, and turned onto Elwood Road, where his vehicle stopped running.
Police say Zeak and his passenger, Elizabeth Workman, 19, of Mays Landing attempted to flee on foot, but both were caught by officers.
Here's a rundown of what happened after that:
Damon Zeak was transported to the station and charged with eluding police (2nd degree), resisting arrest (4th degree), aggravated assault on police (3rd degree), and assault by auto (4th degree). Zeak was also charged with multiple motor vehicle violations, including driving under the influence. The charges were placed on a warrant and he was transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Elizabeth Workman was charged with eluding police (4th degree) and possession of a hypodermic needle (disorderly persons). Her charges were placed on a summons, however she was transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility on an unrelated warrant.
Sgt. Robell suffered injuries and was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (Pomona), where he was treated and has since been released. Sgt. Robell’s K-9 partner Kota, also suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.
The accident remains under investigation.