Shoplifting was only the beginning for a Neptune Township man who led Ocean Township Police on a chase that ended in Asbury Park.

Police say Carl Driver Jr., 27, Fled the Sears in the Seaview Square Shopping Plaza in Ocean Township Tuesday around 12:24 pm and was later spotted riding a bike in Asbury Park.

He saw police, peddled faster, got off and then ran into someone's backyard.

Monmouth County Sheriff's Officers later found him and made the arrest of the then wanted person.

Property belonging to Sears was recovered.

Further investigation by police led to criminal complaints against Driver Jr. for shoplifting, obstruction and resisting arrest.

Driver Jr. was processed and transported to the county jail pending his initial court appearance.

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