KENILWORTH, NJ – Claude Wallace of Newark was arrested and charged with numerous offenses following a motor vehicle stop, Wednesday Feb. 1.
Kenilworth Police Sgt. Michael Scanielo stopped Wallace at approximately 10:25 p.m., on Kenilworth Boulevard for operating an unregistered vehicle and not observing a traffic control device.
During the interaction with Wallace, Scanielo detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When questioned about the marijuana, Wallace who was still inside the vehicle became nervous and abruptly pulled out an object from the vehicles center console. Wallace refused to comply with officer’s verbal commands before fleeing the vehicle on foot.
Patrolman Ryan Kernan, on the scene as a backup unit identified the item in Wallace’s hand as a handgun and tackled him in the roadway.
While struggling with Wallace and attempting to place him under arrest, police were able to wrestle away the loaded handgun and secure it.
Wallace was placed under arrest and charged with several offenses including Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Hollow Point Bullets, Resisting Arrest, Certain Persons with Firearm Prohibited and Possession of Marijuana.
Chief John Zimmerman said, “Thanks to the quick actions and decisions of both Sgt. Scanielo and Officer Kernan no one was seriously injured in a situation that could have ended very differently.”
A firearms trace on the weapon revealed that it was reported stolen out of Georgia in 2016. Wallace was also issued numerous summonses for motor vehicle violations and transported to the Union County Jail pending a first appearance in the Union County Superior Court.