Pa. man arrested after hitting Ocean City officer with car

A 20-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged with assaulting an officer and driving under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly hit an Ocean City police officer with his vehicle, then sped off on the wrong side of the street.

Corey John Martini, of Wickhaven, Pa., was stopped by the bicycle patrol officer near the intersection of 8th Street and Philadelphia Avenue in Ocean City about 10:51 p.m. Tuesday, after the officer witnessed Martini make a right turn in his Jeep Grand Cherokee, cross the double yellow line and "come all the way into the far left lane," police said.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer smelled alcohol on Martini's breath and saw a bag of marijuana in the center console, police said.

When officers asked Martini to exit the vehicle, he "turned the vehicle toward the officer and accelerated," police said, knocking the officer off his bike.

Martini then "accelerated his vehicle at a high rate of speed" headed north in the southbound lane of St. Louis Avenue, police said.

Officers caught Martini after a foot chase, after witnesses told them that Martini had gone into a condominium building near 11th Street, police said.

Martini has been charged with first-degree and second-degree assault, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, malicious destruction of property, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

He has also been charged with 14 traffic violations, police said, including driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, negligent driving and speeding.

As of Thursday morning, Martini was being held on $5,000 bond.

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