Police Chase in Lakewood Yields Drugs, Handgun

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At approximately 2:15 Thursday morning, while on routine patrol, Officer Kristie Buble observed a 2013 Kia Optima sitting in the area of Holly St. and Bergen Avenue.

Officer Buble observed that the operator of the vehicle, identified as 26 year old Anthony Hamilton of Lakewood appeared to be unresponsive and possibly under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

While performing field sobriety tests outside the car he spontaneously and without warning fled from Officer Buble and Officer Salvatore Reyes who was now on scene.

As the Officers gave chase, Hamilton appeared to be discarding items, later discovered to be approximately $600 in cash, from his pockets.

Approximately, one block later Officers Buble and Reyes caught up to Hamilton as he tripped and fell into a parked car on Holly Street.

Hamilton initially refused to comply with the Officers orders. However, he was placed in custody without further incident. During a search of his person a loaded handgun was found in his possession.

He was then transported to Monmouth Medical Southern Campus for treatment.

Further investigation, with the assistance of Det. Peter Aakjer resulted in the discovery of additional cash, as well as, a quantity of heroin, marijuana and prescription pills.

As a result, Anthony Hamilton was charged with several weapons offenses, resisting arrest, obstruction, possession of controlled dangerous substances and DWI. In addition, he received numerous motor vehicle summonses.

Bail was set at $150,000 Full. He is currently awaiting transport to the Ocean County Jail.