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ATV Rider Charged Following High Speed Chase Through Gloucester Township Neigborhood

Elgin Buchanan, 24 of Sicklerville, was charged with eluding law enforcement officers while creating a risk of injury or death, resisting arrest, resisting by flight and was issued 12 motor vehicle violations.

Gloucester Township Police have charged an ATV rider following a pursuit in which the rider nearly hit two people, including a 7-year-old child, police said Sunday morning.

Elgin Buchanan, 24 of Sicklerville, was charged with eluding law enforcement officers while creating a risk of injury or death, resisting arrest, resisting by flight and was issued 12 motor vehicle violations along with one local ordinance violation.

The Gloucester Township Police Department Operations Unit was conducting directed police patrols on bicycle in the area of Loch Lomand Drive around 4:02 p.m. Saturday when they heard the noise of ATVs being operated in a residential area.

Buchanan was allegedly operating the vehicle illegally and without wearing a helmet. When officers told him to stop, he pulled up to one bike, ignored the officer and raced off at a high rate of speed.

He drove off recklessly at high rates of speed through the neighborhood streets, across lawns and sidewalks where he narrowly missed striking a 7-year-old child and an adult, who had to avoid being struck by diving out of the way. Neither person was hurt.

The officers called backup units to assist as the rider was observed to have fled to the rear wood line of the complex where he turned off the ATV and attempted to silently push it to a friend's house in the neighborhood.

The bicycle officers closed in and once again told Buchanan to stop. He ran off on foot, but was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. He was taken into custody after resisting arrest.

Buchanan was processed and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility in default of a $50,000 full cash bail.

His ATV was impounded from the scene.







Big Daddy 1 May 19, 2014 at 08:40 AM
The ATV riders bring this on themselves. I live in an area once popular for ATV's, but SOME were destroying property and would disengage their mufflers. Not exactly the smartest thing to do when you're riding illegally.
David Jowett June 05, 2014 at 09:36 AM
GTPD should have a no-chase policy for recreational vehicles similar to that of Winslow. But, sadly it will take a atver or dirtbiker being killed as happened in Winslow for that policy to be enacted. This issue is similar to the people that move in near atco raceway, then petition to have it closed because of the noise. Those woods in GT were used for recreational riding long before many of those houses were ever built. There was even a motocross and enduro club that used to exist where GTPD built their shooting range. Maybe the state should allow ATVs in the state forests similar to the way dirt bikes are allowed, then maybe these people would have a place to ride again. Im sorry if you moved into GT 5years ago and something that has been ingrained in its DNA for 50+ years is bothering you. BBBBRap
Big Daddy 1 June 05, 2014 at 10:12 AM
It would seem there could be a medium ground to allow them to ride in some places, but to ticket the violators.

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