Police: Driver fled after damaging boats in early morning crash

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ERMA — Lower Township Police Department responded to a hit and run motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Seashore and Tabernacle Roads at 4:58 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. 

Police say Ryan P. Freeling 19, of West New Jersey Avenue in Villas was driving his 2001 Ford Taurus south on Seashore Road when it left the roadway striking a traffic signal and proceeding through a chain link fence, surrounding Jersey Cape Marine, located at 656 Route 9 Erma.  Police do not know why the car left the road.

After going through the chain link fence, the vehicle struck and damaged two boat trailers and two boats that were being stored at that business. 

Freeling, along with his passenger, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, according to police.  With the help of the Cape May County Sheriff Departments K9 unit, Freeling was apprehended at his home in Villas, police announced on Thursday.

Freeling was charged with multiple summonses in regard to the motor vehicle accident and is also being charged criminally with providing false information to law enforcement officers.

The accident investigation is being conducted by Patrolmen Edward Edwards and Steven Flitcroft. 

Anyone who may have witnessed this accident is asked to contact either officer at 609-886-2711 ext. 124.  

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