NEWARK, NJ - Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports the arrest of Charles Taylor, 29, of East Orange, for weapon and CDS possession.  

At approximately 9:20 p.m., August 30, 2017 police observed a motorcycle and dirt bike racing eastbound on Clinton Avenue. The motorcycle driver violated various traffic laws, including running a red light and swerving into oncoming traffic. Officers attempted a motor vehicle stop, but the driver ignored their commands to pull over. The driver was apprehended by police in the area of Clinton and Avon avenues.

Charles Taylor, the motorcycle driver, was immediately arrested. He was in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun, 23 Xanax pills and 12 Oxycodone pills. Taylor is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, two counts of CDS Possession and Resisting Arrest. Taylor was also issued motor vehicle summonses for careless driving and improper passing.

These charges are merely accusations. The suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.