Police say he bailed out of his car on Marlin Drive and jumped into the canal off Herring Way. Police followed him up to 28th street, where he was eventually arrested.
McGovern has been charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER ARRESTED AFTER RUNNING OVER OCPD BIKE OFFICER
During the arrest, the suspect identified as Michael Joseph McGovern, 30, of Williamsport, PA, fled from officers in the area of 19th Street and the Boardwalk. A lookout for McGovern was broadcast over the police radio.
McGovern then became involved in a short vehicular pursuit, before bailing out of his car on the west side of Coastal Highway in the area of Marlin Drive. Officers continued to pursue McGovern on foot and determined that he had jumped in the water way/canal in the area of 21st Street and the bay.
McGovern is being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building and is awaiting an initial appearance before an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.
McGovern is being charged with the following:
- 2 Counts Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance – Marijuana and Ecstasy (MDMA)
- Leaving the scene of a personal injury accident
- 1st Degree Assault
- 2nd Degree Assault
- Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
- Resisting Arrest
- Fleeing and Eluding
- Reckless and Negligent Driving