NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man faces drug charges after he was seen in public taking drugs and then fleeing the scene.  Newton Police Special Officer Don Donofrio saw James Muller “ingesting a substance,” in the area of 120 Spring Street on April 15 around 3:20 p.m. police report.

When Donofrio approached Muller the officer saw syringes in his bag for which he did not have a valid prescription.  As the officer attempted to take the 27-year-old into custody Muller pulled away and ran down the street, according to police.

Newton police chased Muller on foot. He was caught and arrested.  While being searched police found syringes, prescription drugs and other drug paraphernalia police report.

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Muller was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction, possession of prescription legend drugs, possession of hypodermic needles and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Muller was processed and released pending court. Investigating Officers were Patrolman Daniel Finkle, Patrolman Russell Post, Patrolman Michael Wolanski, and Special Officer Don Donofrio.