LIVINGSTON, NJ — In two separate incidents over the holiday, Livingston police responded to reports of a pedestrian struck on Goodhard Drive and also arrested a Newark man for resisting arrest and assault on a police officer among other charges.
A man was placing garbage out on the street in front of 22 Goodhart Drive on Thursday around 2 p.m. when a vehicle drove by and struck him, pushing the individual onto the sidewalk and rendering him unconscious, according to police.
Police said the driver immediately stopped and assisted the victim with first aid at the scene. The victim received multiple injuries from the accident, which is still under investigation. No summonses have been issued at this time, according to police.
Livingston police also reported that on Wednesday around 4 p.m., a man was arrested for multiple motor vehicle charges, including driving while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), as well as criminal charges including two counts of possession of CDS, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.
According to police, a motor vehicle stop was conducted on Eisenhower Pkwy just north of the Rt. 10 traffic circle for multiple violations. As the officer was speaking with the driver, identified as Marco Grandpierre, 41, of Newark, Grandpierre became agitated and would not cooperate with the officer.
As Grandpierre was asked to exit the vehicle after being advised he was under arrest for CDS possession, police said he refused to oblige. Grandpierre then struck the officer on the arm when he was being escorted out of the vehicle, according to police.
Police said that Grandpierre became increasingly unstable toward the officer and had jumped into the back seat. The officers were unable to see Grandpierre due to the tinted windows, and he then left the vehicle on the passenger side while yelling at the officers.
Grandpierre refused the officers’ commands to stop, and as additional units arrived to assist in his apprehension, Grandpierre began to struggle with the officers. According to police, oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray was used to subdue the individual and he was placed under arrest.
He was transported to the hospital for evaluation from the scene. One officer was affected by the spray and received first aid at the scene, police said.
After being charged with the aforementioned summonses, Grandpierre was released on his own recognizance pending court action.