On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at approximately 10:51 p.m., a uniformed bicycle patrol officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of 8th Street and Philadelphia Avenue after witnessing a traffic violation. The officer witnessed a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was driven by Corey John Martini, 20, of Wickhaven, PA, make a right hand turn and come all the way into the far left lane, completely crossing the double yellow line.
While speaking with Martini, the officer detected alcohol emanating from his breath and noticed a plastic bag of marijuana in the center console of the vehicle. Officers asked Martini to exit the vehicle, at which time he turned the vehicle toward the officer and accelerated. The officer, who was struck by the passenger side of the vehicle, was knocked off his bicycle.
Martini, who proceeded to leave the area, accelerated his vehicle at a high rate of speed, traveling northbound in the southbound lane of St. Louis Avenue. As officers followed Martini, witnesses told police he had entered a condominium building in the area of 11th Street. Officers apprehended Martini after a foot pursuit.
Martini was arrested and charged with first and second degree assault, assault on a law enforcement officer, malicious destruction of property, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and position of paraphernalia. In addition, Martini was charged with 14 traffic violations, including driving under the influence of alcohol, negligent driving, reckless driving, speeding and failure to remain at the scene.
Martini was transported to the Public Safety Building where he was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner. At the time of this release, Martini was being held on a $5,000 bond.