EDISON, NJ – What began as a call to remove an unruly customer at the Skylark Diner and Lounge turned to aggravated assault and attempted aggravated assault on two police officers, one of whom needed medical treatment.
The charges stemmed from a 1:07 p.m. incident Monday when a staff member at the diner on Route 1 and Wooding Avenue called police to remove the North Brunswick woman. When police arrived, they persuaded Paranee Y. Sun of North Brunswick, to leave. Minutes later she phoned 911 from a nearby gas station asking to speak to the officers again, police said.
Arriving at the gas station, police said Sun became uncooperative and angry, and then struck one of the officers' patrol cars as she drove out of the station onto Route 1 South.
Police followed her vehicle to Route 1 and Plainfield Avenue, where police Sgt. Thomas Errico and Officer Nicholas Bayne tried to arrest Sun after she stopped at a red light.
Sun refused to get out of her car and backed it into Officer Bayne's patrol car. She then tried to drive away while struggling with Sgt. Errico through the driver's side window and dragging him for 40 feet before he fell onto the pavement, police said.
Officders Bayne and Michael LaPlaga pursued Sun's car south along Route 1 until they managed to stop her again in front of 1055 Route 1 South, where she was arrested after she allegedly rammed one of their patrol cars in another getaway attempt, police said.
With the assault charges, 45-year-old Sun is being held on $250,000 bail and faces a series of criminal charges including eluding the police, hindering her own apprehension and obstruction of justice.
Sgt. Errico was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was treated for minor injuries, including a badly sprained or fractured wrist, police said.