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Crash leads to arrests

Two men arrested by HPD following accident


Two men arrested by HPD following accident. (THG/Kristin Guglietti)

HAMMONTON—Two men were arrested by the Hammonton Police Department—one a day later—after a one-vehicle accident on 14th Street in Folsom at 8:15 p.m. on July 13, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


The initial encounter with the two men began in Hammonton, Friel said. Officer John Amendolia III was attempting to stop a vehicle in which the driver and a passenger had outstanding NCIC warrants and the driver was suspended, Friel said.


Amendolia observed the individuals in the vehicle, determined the warrants existed and that the individual was driving with a suspended license, Friel said. He attempted to stop them and they fled, Friel said. Amendolia broke off the pursuit, the vehicle traveled into Folsom and was involved in a single-vehicle motor vehicle crash, Friel said.


The driver, Luis Rueda, 25, of Hammonton and his passenger Gabriel Luna, 20, of Hammonton were both apprehended, Friel said. Luna fled the vehicle into the woods and was located and arrested on two active warrants and charged with resisting arrest by flight, Friel said.


“He [Luna] was transported for injuries received in the crash,” Friel said.


Rueda was also apprehended at the intersection of N. Washington and 12th Street at 10:21 p.m. on July 14 after fleeing the scene of the accident the day prior, Friel said, adding that Rueda was arrested and charged with assault by auto, resisting arrest by flight and attempting to elude police as well as the following motor vehicle violations: unregistered vehicle, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicle and driving while suspended. When apprehended, Rueda was found to be in possession of two hypodermic syringes, as well as wax folds, Friel said. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe, Friel said.


Amendolia was the charging and arresting officer, Friel said.