A Brick resident is being held in Ocean County Jail on $100,000 bail after police said he broke into a friend's house and later fled from pursuing officers.
Wilie M. Garner, 52, of Buena Vista Drive, broke into a Harvard Avenue home by kicking in a bedroom sliding door at approximately 2:40 a.m. Friday, police said.
The resident knew Garner, and police said Garner's wife was at the Harvard Avenue home at the time of the alleged burglary.
The resident scuffled with Garner and suffered a small cut to his leg while attempting to shove Garner out of the house and onto a rear deck, according to a release prepared by Capt. John Rein.
Garner left the home, struck his wife's vehicle with his own, and fled in his gold Mercury east on Route 88, where officers attempted to stop him, Rein said. He ignored the officers and continued to Route 70 West, then south onto Brick Boulevard, police said. Garner made a left onto Old Hooper Avenue and then tried to turn left onto Old Silverton Road when he lost control of the Mercury and hit a stop sign and mailbox before hitting a tree on Old Silverton Road, police said.
However, Garner still continued to flee, Rein said. He ran on foot and was caught in the 2400 block of Old Hooper Avenue by Patrolman Joseph Pacitti, Rein said.
Garner was charged with one count each of burglary, eluding, assault and drunken driving. He was charged with two counts of criminal mischief and 10 motor vehicle offenses. Municipal Court Judge Robert LePore set bail at $100,000 with no 10 percent option.
Patrolmen Mark Byers, Chris DeMarco, Marc Alexander, Detective Gregory Mullarkey and Sgt. John Talty also responded and assisted in the investigation and arrest.