According to authorities, the 46-year-old suspect was driving a van on Cohawkin Road in East Greenwich NJ when he began to swerve across the roadway. The incident occurred on May 30, 2015.
East Greenwich police officers were dispatched to the scene, where they allegedly saw the suspect’s van stopped in the middle of the road. The suspect was reportedly outside his vehicle and in the process of directing oncoming cars around the parked van.
Police officers said that they saw blood streaming down the suspect’s arm while he directed traffic.
When the officers moved toward the suspect, he reportedly said “I have to go” and then returned to his van. A police officer tried to stop the suspect from leaving, but the suspect drove away.
East Greenwich police pursued the suspect and eventually got him to stop the van. Police then placed the suspect under arrest.
While the suspect was in police custody, he reportedly informed officers that he had smoked several bags of crack cocaine. So police took the suspect to a nearby hospital to be treated for a drug overdose. The suspect also received medical treatment for an injury to his arm.
After being treated at the hospital, the suspect was taken to the Salem County Correctional Facility. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Now the suspect has been indicted on several criminal charges, including third degree aggravated assault, third degree eluding police, third degree resisting arrest, and third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). If the suspect is convicted on any of the felony-level charges, he faces a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “South Jersey Man Indicted on Assault, Eluding Charges.”