MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police filed charges against a man for possession of marijuana, after checking out why a car with its reverse lights on wasn’t moving, in the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 26. In a second incident later that day, a driver who made an illegal U-turn was charged with impersonating a police officer.

Mountainside Police gave the following account of the incidents.

At 2:13 a.m., on June 26, while on routine patrol, Corporal Norton saw a vehicle stopped in the entrance of an office building located on Summit Road. The vehicle was stopped, but with its reverse lights on.

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When the vehicle didn’t back up into the street after a period of time, Corporal Norton approached the car to investigate and saw a man asleep in the vehicle, with his foot on the brake pedal, while the vehicle was still in reverse gear. Corporal Norton was able to safely place the vehicle in park and began to check on the welfare of the driver, later identified as Aaron Riggins, 27, of Chestnut Place, Piscataway.

During the investigation, Corporal Norton saw two clear bags with a green vegetative substance without an odor, believed to be synthetic marijuana. He also saw a third bag with a substance in it believed to be marijuana. A partially consumed cigar filled with a substance presumed to be marijuana was observed on Mr. Riggins’ thigh as he sat in the vehicle.

Mr. Riggins was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, in addition to various motor vehicle summons. He was later released.

At about 10:26 a.m., that same day, Corporal Stinner, while on routine patrol, saw a vehicle making an illegal U-Turn through the divider of Route 22, near the AMC Theater.

After Corporal Stinner stopped the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Godfrey D’anjou of South 15th Street in Newark, presented Corporal Stinner with a badge and said he was a police officer. Normally, law enforcement officers have an officially issued identification card, as well as a badge, so Corporal Stinner asked for the driver to provide a police identification issued by the law enforcement agency by which D’anjou stated he was employed. After D’anjoy could not produce any official identification, even after identifying himself as a police officer numerous times, D’anjoy eventually said he was not a police officer.

D’anjou was charged with impersonating a public servant and issued motor vehicle summons. He was then released after the arrest process.