GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP (CNBNEWS)--On 4-20-2015 at approximately 1:34 AM, Gloucester Township Police officers on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle, a 2004 Silver Ford mini-van, exiting the parking area of a closed business. They attempted to stop the vehicle as the male driver failed to pull over and began to flee from the officers. A short vehicle pursuit began until the driver turned into a no outlet area of an apartment complex and abandoned the vehicle on Hamilton Avenue in Blackwood as he ran into a wooded area.
The officers, now in a foot pursuit, were able to catch the driver who began to violently assault the officers and resist arrest. The male was sprayed with OC "pepper spray" that had little effect on his aggressive behavior. The driver was able to be secured in restraining devices, however, still ignored police commands, while spitting on officers, and continued his attempts to assault them.
The accused, Jason M. Porten, was found to have numerous active warrants in excess of $25,000 dollars from various jurisdictions. The accused was charged with eluding, 5 counts of aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice with a bail set at $50,000 full cash. The accused was taken to a nearby hospital to be medically cleared for incarceration and remand to the Camden County Jail in default of bail. Two of the responding Gloucester Township Police officers were injured during this incident and were treated at a local hospital then released pending follow-up.
The Gloucester Township Police Department's Investigations Bureau is continuing this investigation due to recovered items believed to be potentially connected to criminal activity by the accused. Anyone having information on this crime is asked to contact the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500 or call our GTPD Anonymous Crime Tip Line: 856-842-5560. To send an Anonymous Tip via Text Message to Gloucester Township Police, text the keyword TIP GLOTWPPD and your tip message to 888777. You may also click here to access our Anonymous Web Tip page: https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/5170177
Arrested: Jason M. Porten - Age 35, 200 Bldg. LaCascata, Clementon, NJ