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By Dan Majka

WILDWOOD CREST, N.J. (CBS) — A Bridgeton, New Jersey man was arrested after allegedly driving erratically down the boardwalk and then attempting to steal a patrol car in an effort to flee police in Wildwood Crest.

The incident happened around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Police say officers observed 37-year-old Robert Carter exiting the pedestrian ramp at Cresse Avenue and driving southbound along the bike path toward them. When police motioned the vehicle to stop, Carter continued to drive recklessly a short distance before he was pulled over.

Authorities say Carter got out of his car and began arguing with police, then ran towards an unoccupied police cruiser and attempted to drive away before he was physically removed from the vehicle by one of the officers. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody.

Police say two children, 14 and 5, were inside the vehicle Carter was driving during the entire ordeal.

Carter was charged with aggravated assault, carjacking, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child and numerous vehicle offenses. He was being held at Cape May County Jail on $200,000 cash bail.

Police say charges against Carter were also pending in the city of Wildwood.

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