LINDENWOLD, N.J. (CBS) — A naked man, who was high on drugs, punched an officer and tried to steal a police car in South Jersey, police said.
The bizarre incident began at about 10:20 Tuesday evening at the Arborwood Condos and E. Gibbsboro Road in Lindenwold.
According to investigators, a Lindenwold police officer was interviewing two suspicious individuals outside the apartment complex when a naked male ran up to him and punched him in the face.
“He turned around to see what was going on and came upon a naked male who was sweating and out of breath, and he basically claimed that this was neighborhood and the officer needs to leave,” says Chief Thomas Brennan, of the Lindenwold Police Department.
The officer then tried to arrest the male, who continued to attack him, but he had difficulty controlling the male due to the fact that he was naked and sweating profusely.
During the struggle, the male broke free and jumped into the officer’s patrol vehicle and tried to steal it, but he was unable to do so.
“After punching the officer Neville jumped into his police cruiser. He tried to get it into gear but was unable, so the officer pulled him out of the car and tackle him to the ground but he slipped away and was off running again,” Chief Brennan says.