FAIRFIELD, NJ – A heroin-involved car chase beginning in Fairfield and continuing into North Caldwell ended in the arrest of a 21-year-old woman on 17 motor vehicle summonses, including driving under the influence, as well as multiple criminal charges in Fairfield.
The Fairfield Police Department received a call on May 3 about a woman sitting in the driver seat of a parked 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser at Quick Check, located at 384 Passaic Ave., allegedly ingesting what the caller described as heroin.
Subsequent to a lengthy pursuit and investigation, police said Kirsten Miller of Hopatcong was charged with eluding police, aggravated assault on a police officer, possessing the vehicle as a weapon for an unlawful purpose, use of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, destruction of evidence, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.
“This is just another incident that highlights the heroin epidemic in this country and the dangers law enforcement officers face every day,” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna. “Here an officer was seemingly just checking on a 21-year-old female, yet was almost struck by the suspect’s vehicle and could have been seriously injured.”
According to police, an officer found Miller smoking a cigarette with her feet up on her steering wheel and also observed several glassine folds commonly associated with heroin use. Despite numerous requests by the officer, police said Miller refused to unlock the vehicle and exit, but rather put the car in reverse, rammed the police vehicle and continued to accelerate backwards in an attempt to escape.
Police said Miller pulled forward and then again in reverse, almost striking the officer while hitting his police car for a second time. After finally getting around the police car in reverse, police said Miller’s car struck a 2012 Ford pick-up truck that was at the gas pumps before fleeing east on Little Falls Road.
A second officer joined the call and observed the car driving in an extremely erratic manner, according to police. The pursuit continued into North Caldwell and concluded when Miller allegedly pulled onto Park Place, a dead-end street.
Police said Miller was taken into custody after pulling into a driveway, where officers from the North Caldwell and Little Falls Police Departments responded to assist. After arresting Miller, police discovered 18 glassine folds of suspected heroin in her possession.
Miller was eventually transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.
In other news, 22-year-old Adam Boyle of West Caldwell was also arrested for possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia after having been observed walking erratically on Two Bridges Road just after midnight on May 3.
An officer who was concerned for the man’s safety threw a light on the suspect, who police said ran toward the entrance of 30 Two Bridges Road. A short time later, Boyle was found getting into a car in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel at 38 Two Bridges Road, according to police.
During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officer recovered a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, five glassine folds containing suspected heroin and a cut straw. Boyle was placed under arrest without incident and released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on May 18.
On May 2, two 15-year-olds, whose names are being withheld due to their ages, were charged with criminal mischief after police said that they illegally entered the Van Dessel house town recreation building, located on Big Piece Road, and proceeded to break windows and smash holes in the walls.
At approximately 7:01 p.m., an off-duty Newark Police Sgt. allegedly witnessed the pair damaging the property, intervened and took custody of the pair. The Fairfield Police Department was contacted and investigated the incident, ultimately taking the pair into custody. Both juveniles were charged and later released to their parents. The matter is now being forwarded to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
(It should be noted that the charges against all of the above are merely allegations and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)