RANDOLPH, NJ – A Dover man faces aggravated assault charges after he rammed a stolen vehicle into a Randolph police car and head-butted an officer while trying to escape arrest, police said today.
The man, Baurnier Nunez, 20, came the attention of police on Dec. 27 when they spotted him in a black Toyota that had been reported stolen from Dover, police said. Randolph Police Officer Corey Czerniak saw the car in the Randolph McDonalds, first in the drive-through lane and then in a parking spot, police said.
Czerniak pulled behind the Toyota and got out of his patrol car to speak to Nunez, eventually ordering him to get out of the vehicle, police said. “Mr. Nunez did not comply, put the vehicle in reverse and intentionally backed into P.O. Czerniak’s patrol car,” they noted.
Nunez then turned the Toyota so it was facing Czerniak, police said. “Fearing that Mr. Nunez was going to strike him with the vehicle, P.O. Czerniak ran to the passenger’s side and broke out the window, again ordering Mr. Nunez to step out of the vehicle,” police said. “Mr. Nunez fled from the vehicle on foot, leaving it in drive, causing it to strike another parked vehicle.”
Backup police from Randolph, Denville and Dover came to the area and found Nunez behind 140 Route 10, police said, adding that Nunez continued his attempts at avoiding arrest.
“Mr. Nunez refused to obey police officer commands and resisted arrest,” said police. They said that, when Nunez was being arrested, he banged his head into the head of Randolph Police Officer Sean Verbist, who was injured and taken to Morristown Medical Center. He was later released, police said.
Nunez was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, eluding, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property and being under the influence of drugs, police said. Additionally, he faces a number of motor vehicle offences, they said.
Nunez was placed in the Morris County jail pending court appearances, police said.