Sunday, August 13, 2017

Galloway Man Arrested, Charged and Released After Allegedly Causing Accident, Stealing Car and DWI

Willis Austin
On Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 7:19 a.m., Galloway Township Police Department responded to the intersection of West White Horse Pike and Pomona Road in reference to the report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries.  

Upon patrol’s arrival they located the victim, Rachel Thatcher, 27 of Galloway Township, with injuries to her arm and head.  

Prior to being transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center City Division, Thatcher reported that she was traveling eastbound on West White Horse Pike in her 2004 Infiniti G35. As she traveled through the intersection with Pomona Road a 2014 Nissan Altima driven by the suspect, Willis Austin, 34 of Galloway, ran the red light and struck her vehicle. 

According to Police, the investigation determined that Austin was driving northbound on Pomona Road and traveled through the red light located at West White Horse Pike striking Thatcher’s vehicle.  Austin then fled the scene of the accident on foot towards the direction of Pomona Plaza.
During the investigation of the motor vehicle accident police received a 911 call from an individual at The Pomona Laundromat advising that his 2010 black Chevrolet Camaro was just stolen from outside the business and was now eastbound on West White Horse Pike.  

Patrol immediately began checking the area and located Willis Austin near the intersection of East White Horse Pike and 3rd Avenue where he was taken into custody.  The Chevrolet Camaro which was stolen by Austin was also recovered in the rear of W.L. Goodfellows Restaurant.

Austin was charged with numerous crimes including: Motor Vehicle Theft, Assault by Automobile, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Bodily Injury, and Driving While Intoxicated.  

He was released on multiple summonses pending a future court date.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact Officer Cody Trout at 609-652-3705 extension 5117.


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