SPARTA, NJ — A Sparta man had to be subdued with pepper spray after physically confronting a Sparta police officer during a traffic stop. On June 24 around 10:15 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ben Griffin saw Paul Bilbraut-Cora, 44, drive his black Volvo thought the parking lot of the Sparta United Methodist Church to avoid the traffic light at the intersection, police report.
Griffin followed Bilbraut-Cora, who sped up to 60 MPH before turning onto Madison Drive. Griffin turned on his emergency light but instead of stopping, Bilbraut-Cora ran through a stop sigh and pulled into his driveway, police said.
Bilbraut-Cora did not comply with Griffin’s command and as Griffin tried to arrest Bilbraut-Cora he became combative. Additional officers responded to assist Griffin. Bilbraut-Cora continued to fight and resist the three officers even after being sprayed with pepper spray, according to police.
Sparta Police Lt. John Lamon said "there were no apparent drugs and very little alcohol" contributing to the confrontation with police.
The officers finally got Bilbraut-Cora handcuffed and transported to the Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing. Bilbraut-Cora was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, eluding, resisting arrest, hinder, obstruction, avoiding a traffic signal, speeding, fail to signal turn, fail to stop, fail to stop for emergency vehicle, police said.
Bilbraut-Cora was released with a mandatory court date.