FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 42-year-old Newark man was arrested on Tuesday night for aggravated assault upon a police officer with a deadly weapon, eluding police and resisting arrest, according to the Fairfield Police Department
At approximately 7:56 p.m., the Fairfield police received a radio communication from the Wayne Police Department indicating that they were attempting to apprehend an individual operating a vehicle that was suspected of being involved in a domestic dispute at the Willowbrook Mall. Police also state that the vehicle had rammed a Wayne police car during the course of the investigation of the incident before the vehicle fled west on Route 46 toward Fairfield.
Fairfield Officer Steven D’Argenio observed the vehicle travelling west on Route 46 and attempted to stop it, but the vehicle actively attempted to elude the officer, according to police. The vehicle crossed the center median in the area of the Hampton Inn and then began travelling west in the eastbound lanes of Route 46.
According to police, the vehicle then intentionally rammed a Fairfield police car that was occupied by Sgt. Christopher Morgan, who was near the intersection of Clinton Road waiting to assist D’Argenio.
The pursuit continued into West Caldwell, Caldwell and eventually back into Montville, where police said the vehicle became disabled on Bloomfield Avenue. Officers D’Argenio and Jeffrey Dean then took the individual, identified as Alterik Harris, into custody.
Harris was also charged with extensive motor vehicle violations. At the time of this report, Harris was awaiting transport to the Essex County Correctional Facility.
Morgan received minor injuries, but refused any medical attention, according to the police department. This matter will be forwarded to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution.