Police in Riverdale NJ recently arrested a Passaic County woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer. The suspect also allegedly spit on another person, which resulted in additional criminal charges.
The incident involving the Riverdale police officer occurred around 12:00 p.m. The Riverdale Police Department received a 911 call about a violent altercation in a vehicle traveling on Route 23 south in Riverdale, NJ. When Riverdale NJ cops went to the highway and pulled over the vehicle, a silver Honda Accord, they told the driver to get out of the car. That s when they reportedly saw a male passenger in the rear seat trying to hide a drug syringe in his pants.
The rear passenger was instructed to exit the vehicle. A search of the suspect allegedly turned up a syringe and an unspecified quantity of heroin.
Meanwhile, police ran a check on a female passenger in the front seat and learned that she had multiple arrest warrants. The Riverdale officers attempted to place the female suspect under arrest, but she allegedly fought back and punched one of the cops in the face.
Additionally, the female suspect allegedly spit directly in the face of the vehicle driver as she was being placed under arrest and moved toward the police patrol car.
Law enforcement later discovered that the female suspect reportedly has hepatitis.
The female suspect is a resident of Haskell, New Jersey. Haskell is an unincorporated community located within Wanaque in Passaic County, NJ. She faces criminal charges for aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Immediately after being arrested, both the female suspect and the male suspect needed to receive medical treatment at Chilton Medical Center because they were exhibiting heroin withdrawal symptoms. The suspects were later transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility, where they were being held on separate $15K bail amounts.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Woman with Hepatitis Punched Cop, Spit in Face of Driver, Police Say.”