Fleeing Driver Drags N.J. Police Officer Before Hitting Pedestrian

Feb. 29, 2024
A suspect in a vehicle reportedly involved in a robbery dragged a Millville police officer while fleeing from a gas station and then struck a pedestrian, eventually crashing at an intersection.

A Cumberland County man is in custody after he allegedly fled police, dragged an officer with his car, struck a pedestrian and collided with another vehicle before he was apprehended Wednesday.

The incident began on Bluebird Lane in Millville shortly after 9 a.m. when a police officer tried to investigate a vehicle allegedly involved in a robbery in neighboring Vineland, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.

The driver, Jacob D. Griffiths, 40, of Bridgeton, sped off with a female passenger, officials said. Millville police pursued him, but ended the chase because of Griffith’s high rate of speed and after he ran a stop sign, the prosecutor’s office said.

A short time later, Millville officers said they located the vehicle in the parking lot of a Wawa on Route 47 in nearby Dorchester.

When they tried to take Griffiths into custody, he allegedly drove off, dragging a police officer for a short distance.

Griffiths then struck a pedestrian near the Wawa fuel pumps before leaving the parking lot, officials said.

Police pursued the car until Griffiths was involved in a crash at the intersection of Route 49 and Union Road in Maurice River Township, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The officer who was dragged, the struck pedestrian and occupants of the vehicles involved in the crash were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.

Griffiths was charged with two counts of second-degree eluding, four counts of second-degree aggravated assault for causing bodily injury while eluding police, two counts of third-degree hindering apprehension and one count of fourth-degree obstruction.

He was placed in Cumberland County Jail pending court hearings.

Court records did not list attorney information for Griffiths on Thursday morning.

New Jersey State Police are handling the investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to leave a tip online at ccpo.tips.

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