- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a Camden man was paralyzed when he slipped on a wet roadway while fleeing from police and injured his spine.

Camden County prosecutors say the accident occurred Thursday night near an apartment complex.

County police officers noticed that 21-year-old Xavier Ingram was holding his waistband in a way that indicated he may have a gun. Authorities say he went between two parked cars, and an officer heard a noise that sounded like a metal object being dropped.

After Ingram walked away, an officer found a handgun behind a parked vehicle’s tire.

The officers tried to stop Ingram when he left a nearby business, but he ran off and soon slipped, falling hard to the ground.

Police handcuffed Ingram, who told the officers he couldn’t feel his legs. The officers stabilized his neck, and he was taken to a hospital. He remained there Saturday, but further details on his condition have not been disclosed.

Ingram allegedly had four bags of heroin in his pockets when he was arrested. The gun recovered by police had been reported stolen in Gloucester Township.

Ingram was charged with resisting arrest by flight, receiving stolen property, drug possession and three weapons offenses. It wasn’t known Saturday if he has retained an attorney.

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