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MULLICA TOWNSHIP — Two Philadelphia men were charged Tuesday after allegedly speeding away from a traffic stop and crashing into another car, leaving a 65-year-old injured.

Patrolman Michael Cummings was conducting a traffic stop on a green Toyota minivan near South White Horse Pike and Seventh Street when the vehicle drove off erratically, headed toward Hammonton, police said in a news release.

Authorities determined the van was stolen from Philadelphia, police said.

The driver of the van, 19-year-old Antonio Villalongo, allegedly caused a head-on crash with another vehicle at Pleasant Mills Road and Route 30 in Hammonton, according to the release.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 65-year-old Hammonton man, suffered moderate injuries, police said.

Two men and one girl got out of the van and ran from the area, police said. But, after a joint effort by Hammonton and Mullica police officers, all were arrested within 40 minutes.

Villalongo was charged with second-degree eluding resulting in an accident with injuries, third-degree assault by auto and fourth-degree receiving stolen property. He was also issued motor vehicles summonses.

Passenger Kenneth E. Day Jr., 18, was charged with fourth-degree eluding police by flight.

Both were released on summonses pending court.

Charges are pending on a juvenile girl passenger, police said.

Contact: 609-272-7241


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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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