BELMAR, NJ — Dmitry Smolkin, who is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest outside D'Jais Bar &Grill on June 11, is no longer an Edison police officer, officials said.
According to a June 16 statement from the Edison Police Department, Smolkin "no longer works for the Edison Police Department."
On June 14, Smolkin appeared in Belmar Municipal Court to plead not guilty to the charges three days after his arrest at the Ocean Avenue establishment. Smolkin is accused of fighting, threatening, shouting at and shoving an individual at D’Jais at about 10:20 p.m. — behavior that then prompted him to shout obscenities at police officers who were asking him to be quiet, according to court documents.
When Belmar police attempted to arrest him, Smolkin is accused of pulling away and shoving the officers, causing “all parties to fall onto the ground into bushes,” the complaint shows.
Smolkin also has been charged with violating Belmar municipal code for “interference with a lawful business enterprise,” according to the summons.
Smolkin, who joined the Edison police force in December 2015, faces up to $3,500 on all charges, and possible jail time or community service, if found guilty. Neither Belmar nor Edison police would comment on the matter.
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