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Sicklerville Man Charged with Eluding Police, DWI, Assault on Police K-9

Police are still seeking a second dirtbike rider who escaped.

Police charged a Sicklerville man with riding a dirtbike while intoxicated and assaulting a police animal following a pursuit along Jarvis Road this weekend.

Gloucester Township Police were patrolling the area of Jarvis Road at around 2 a.m. Saturday, when suddenly two dirtbike riders pulled out in front of a patrol car traveling at a high rate of speed toward the Brittany Woods development. The riders were not wearing helmets.

Officers attempted to stop the dirtbikes, but the two operators refused to stop and continued to travel at a high rate of speed through the Brittany Woods development. One of the riders, later identified as Kevin Kelly Jr., 20, of Spicebush Court, Sicklerville, was observed entering the James W. Lilley School grounds from Prospect Avenue.

Kelly stalled the dirtbike and was attempting to restart it. He was unable to restart the dirt bike, so he abandoned it and fled off on foot into the woods, according to police.

A Gloucester Township Police K-9 team responded and began to track the suspect into the woods.

The suspect was located by a quarry and was ordered to walk out to the officers. As officers were attempting to take him into custody and walk him out from the woods, Kelly intentionally struck K-9 Arrow in the chest with his knee, at which time K-9 Arrow made an apprehension when the subject became cooperative, police said.

Kelly, who was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, was charged with driving under the influence, eluding police with a motor vehicle, and inflicting harm to a law enforcement animal.

Kelly was lodged in Camden County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Gloucester Township Police ask for the public's assistance with any information as to the identity of the second dirtbike rider. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 856-228-4500 or leave a message on the anonymous crime tip line at 856-842-5560, or to send an email to police@gtpolice.com

Michael September 24, 2012 at 06:21 PM
What, no press conference for Chief Earle? I guess he reserves his press conferences for issues that the Mayor deems important, like unregistered vehicles. Speaking of which, someone on my block had a heart attack this weekend, and the Washington Township Abulance showed up. What happened, were the new guys at a fund raiser for the Mayor?
Pat Smith September 24, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Most likley that is where they were. So much press for a dirt bike. It's a dirt bike. I in the mean while have drugs deals go down my street on a weekly basis. No one seem to be around to catch them.
Big Daddy 1 September 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM
We now have strict laws against dirt bikes and 4 wheelers. Some of those guys weren't very smart. They would gun them without mufflers to disturb neighbors and let police know where they were. But they did clear some trails in the woods, which were good for hikers and firemen. Shame we couldn't coexist.
Harry Hughes September 25, 2012 at 09:29 PM
It is illegal to rides dirt bikes or 4 wheelers any where on NJ public areas which includes our streets! We had our idiot neighbor kids ride at approx. 50~60 mph plus down our 25 mph residential street where my kids and others play. I'm sorry but there's no coexistence there. As for drug deals, trust me when I say, it's not going unnoticed. Big "brother" is watching but trying to get the big dealers that eventually stop the street level dealers.
OCNJ September 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
"...So much press for a dirt bike. It's a dirt bike. I in the mean while have drugs deals go down my street on a weekly basis. No one seem to be around to catch them." Pat Smith, You must sit at home with Michael eating your cheetos talking about the police chief because you don't get your way. First good job for the cops and K9 for catching this guy. This guy Kelly gives those who safely and legally ride a bad name. Second, a couple weeks ago someone got killed in GT doing the same stupid behavior on a dirt bike. The message needs to be sent and the morons out there need to learn their lesson.

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