BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Sunday, Aug. 4, a local police officer who stopped a car exceeding the speed limit on I-78 ended up filing multiple charges against the driver.

According to a press release from the department, the motor vehicle stop happened at 4:42 p.m. Patrolman Ronald DeSimoni was on I-78 when he saw a vehicle being driven at a high rate of speed and conducted a motor vehicle stop. During the stop, Ptl. DeSimoni observed indicators that the driver, Eric Nomikos, was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. During this time, it was determined that Nomikos was driving while intoxicated and was arrested. Additional investigation yielded that Nomikos was in possession of a defaced .40 caliber handgun, and marijuana in an amount less than 50 grams.

Nomikos, 34 years of age from East Stroudsburg, PA was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, possession of a defaced firearm, certain persons not permitted to have a firearm, possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and several motor vehicle violations.

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Nomikos was processed and transported to the Union County Jail pending a hearing under the NJ Bail Reform Act.

The information provided herein may not represent the total scope of police activity. Anyone charged as a result of a police investigation is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.