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Fairfield Man Arrested Following Motorcycle Pursuit

18-year-old Fairfield resident Richard Kurdek, Jr. arrested following motorcycle pursuit Credits: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, NJ — An 18-year-old Fairfield man was arrested over the weekend for eluding police, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest among several motor vehicle summonses following the pursuit of his motorcycle, which he was riding without lights and without a helmet, according to police.

At approximately 10:36 p.m. on Saturday, Fairfield Officer Sean McCormack was on patrol on Hollywood Avenue near the Krauser’s building when he observed a Honda motorcycle whose rider, later identified as Richard Kurdek, Jr., had no lights on and was not wearing a helmet. According to police, McCormack followed the motorcycle onto Fairfield Road and then New Dutch Lane as he was waiting for other units to arrive in the area to assist him.

Near the intersection of New Dutch Lane and Passaic Avenue, the officer activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop. The motorcycle refused to stop and then actively attempted to elude the officer, according to police.

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The motorcycle proceeded onto Greenbrook Road and then into the area of West Essex Middle School, where police said Kurdek attempted to jump a curb between a service gate and a telephone pole, but fell off the motorcycle. As Kurdek got back on the bike and attempted to flee, police said he was caught up on some large rocks and was unable to move.

At this time, Officer Brian Geisler ran toward Kurdek and used a compliance hold to try and apprehend him, police said. Responding officers also reported that Kurdek was still accelerating on the throttle of the motorcycle in an apparent attempt to break free from the officer.

Kudrek then elbowed the officer in the face in an attempt to free himself, but was eventually arrested and handcuffed, according to police, who also said the individual continued to resist arrest throughout the incident.

In addition to the criminal violations, Kurdek was also issued 14 motor vehicle summonses to include driving while suspended, operating an unregistered vehicle and reckless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending court action.

According to police, the motorcycle he was operating was impounded and authorities may seek civil forfeiture proceedings against it. Geisler received minor cuts and abrasions but refused any further medical attention.

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