BELMAR, NJ — A car chase involving the New Jersey State Police came through Belmar’s northern end at about 2 a.m. today, according to borough residents.

Although the state police have not yet released a statement on the incident, residents on social media reported the pursuit involved up to 12 police cars and hit high rates of speed. Its only casualty appears to be decorative column that was knocked down and severely damaged at the entrance of 300 First Avenue.

The following unconfirmed information was provided by a borough resident listening to a police scanner as the incident transpired. At about 1:40 a.m. on January, 25, state troopers were pursuing a stolen vehicle traveling southbound across the Route 35 bridge over the Shark River, when the fleeing driver turned onto Eighth Avenue, crossed Main Street and then proceeded onto streets on the east side of town, he said.

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The chase continued down to Ocean Avenue, where the fleeing driver proceeded northbound until the closed Ocean Avenue bridge and then turned onto First Avenue, he said. The damaged column is situated just a short distance away, where First Avenue sharply turns into Inlet Terrace.

Details of the incident, including the names of the individuals involved, will follow as soon as they are made available.

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