LOWER TOWNSHIP — A Thanksgiving night crash ended in police charging a 17-year-old township resident with driving while intoxicated.

At 9:10 p.m., officers responded to Breakwater Road and Route 9 for a report of a car striking a light pole. The Erma Volunteer Fire Department, AtlantiCare medics and Lower Township Rescue also responded.

Police said they found a black 2015 Chrysler 200 at the scene. An investigation revealed the car was headed east on Breakwater when it crossed the intersection and ran off the road. The car struck the utility pole and a fence. The pole landed on top of the car.

Authorities said the driver, later identified as a 17-year-old boy from the township, had gotten out of the vehicle prior to police arriving. First responders evaluated the boy at the scene. He was then flown via helicopter to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for further medical evaluation.

Police said an investigation, as well as the driver’s statements, led to the DWI charge. The driver also was issued summonses for reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane and disregard of a traffic control device.

Atlantic City Electric crews responded to the scene and repaired the utility pole. Officers Stephen Flitcroft, Eric Coombs and Kenneth Walker and Sgt. Kevin Lewis are investigating the crash.

Contact: 609-272-7286 LCarroll@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPress_LC

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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