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. 

Sign Up for E-News

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.