NEWTON, NJ – A Wantage man, who was attempting to improperly leave the area with his infant son in a car he took without permission, resisted arrest when confronted by authorities who found him and the child sleeping in the parked vehicle, said police.

The man, Herman Flood, 25, was arrested after Newton Police found him May 16 sleeping in the running car, with his 2-year-old son asleep in the back seat, police said. They said they found Flood while investigating a report from a Mill Street woman - who is related to Flood - who told them he took her car without her consent. The woman also told police Flood was intoxicated and that his infant was in the car, police said.

When police found the vehicle in a Mill Street parking lot, its engine running, they knocked on the window and eventually awakened Flood, they said. The officers said Flood, who appeared to be intoxicated, resisted arrest by pulling away from the officers, refusing to be handcuffed and attempting to leave the area with his son.

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Once Flood was restrained, he was taken to police headquarters and charged with unlawful taking of a means of conveyance, obstruction of governmental function and resisting arrest said police. He also was issued motor vehicle summonses for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence with a minor as a passenger and operating a motor vehicle while driver’s license is suspended, said police.

Care and custody of the child was turned over to another legal guardian and Flood was processed and released pending a May 25 court appearance.