Cops: Barricaded Truck Driver in Lower Township Ends With Arrest in MD
A man from Florida, who, according to police, was driving a truck stolen from Maryland, was arrested in Maryland after fleeing from police in Lower Township.
Cops in Lower Township say at around 2:00 Tuesday afternoon, Cape May County Dispatch was notified that a stolen truck was possibly in Lower Township, according to the vehicle’s GPS system. An initial investigation revealed the truck was originally reported stolen out of Perryville, MD.
Shortly after being notified, Lower Township Police found the truck driving on Gorham Avenue in North Cape May.
Once the registration was confirmed, Lower Township officers initiated a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Gorham and Holmes Avenues. The driver refused to exit the commercial vehicle and would not communicate with officers on scene. Supervisors were requested and responded to the scene. Additional assistance was received from the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Responding officers set up a safety perimeter around the location of the traffic stop. Contact was made with the driver via cellular phone and after extended negotiations; the driver of the commercial vehicle drove away from the scene maneuvering around police vehicles.
The driver ultimately drove north on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey State Police and Middle Township Police Departments were notified. Due to safety concerns, the identity of the driver being known, and the ability to track the vehicle, all attempts to follow the vehicle were discontinued. Ultimately, the driver was located and arrested without further incident in Maryland.
Police say the driver, 38-year-old Ruiz Blanco Osmaro of Pembroke Pines, FL, was charged with receiving stolen property and obstruction. Charges are also pending from other agencies.
No injuries were reported from this incident.