LAKEWOOD — An off duty State Police trooper helped several Lakewood officers chase down a suspected drunk driver on Saturday night.

A Jackson man sideswiped a van at Cross and James Streets around 8 p.m., and took off in his damaged Mercedes, Lakewood police Lt. Jason Pederson told the Asbury Park Press. The crash was witnessed by the off-duty trooper, who pursued the man along on James Street with several Lakewood officers, according to Pederson.

Pictures of the incident posted by the Lakewood Scoop showed a car with a flat tire, front end damage and fluid leaking out of the car onto the street.

Lakewood Police and State Police did not immediately return messages about the incident.

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