GLOUCESTER TWP. – An Atlantic City man was arrested after he allegedly fled police on a car and a bicycle Saturday.

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The suspect, 23-year-old Elijah Thomas, also is accused of hopping a fence as he attempted to elude police on foot, according to Gloucester Township police.

The incident began around 10:30 p.m. when officers attempted to stop a car near the Autumn Ridge apartment complex off Little Gloucester Road, said a police account.

a car parked in a parking lot: Gloucester Township police subdued a suspect during a standoff with the use of pepperballs.

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Gloucester Township police subdued a suspect during a standoff with the use of pepperballs.

The vehicle, which had been reported stolen in Philadelphia, fled into the Blackwood Estates neighborhood, said a police account.

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Police terminated the pursuit due to the suspect’s “reckess” driving, but found the vehicle abandoned at State Street and Carol Avenue.

Police then saw a suspect riding a bike in the area of Evergreen Avenue.

With a K-9 team tracking his trail, the suspect abandoned the bike and ran toward a fence at the Autumn Ridge complex, said the account.

 “The suspect climbed the fence, discarded some of his clothing that he was wearing and began running through the courtyard of the complex,” the account said.

Officers found Thomas a short time later trying to hide in a stairwell.

He was arrested without incident, and no injuries were reported, the account said.

Thomas was charged with receiving stolen property, eluding and resisting arrest by flight, as well as with numerous traffic violations.

He was held in Camden County Jail.

Jim Walsh is a free-range reporter who’s been roaming around South Jersey for decades. His interests include crime, the courts, economic development and being first with breaking news. Reach him at [email protected] or look for him in traffic.

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This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: Gloucester Township police chase man in car, on bike, over fence

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