North Arlington NJ Police Chief Tracks Down Fleeing Suspect
Police officers were looking for 22-year-old North Arlington resident Michael Castillo after Mr. Castillo allegedly fled a motor vehicle stop.
The pursuit began when a North Arlington police officer spotted Mr. Castillo walking on Morgan Place near the Belleville Turnpike. The officer ordered Mr. Castillo to stop, prompting Mr. Castillo to take off running.
Later, the pursuit reached Van Cortland Place. There, Police Chief Ghione saw Mr. Castillo running away from several officers. Ghione pulled his car in front of Mr. Castillo, causing Mr. Castillo to bounce off the hood. Ghione then tackled Mr. Castillo and arrested him.
After being arrested, Mr. Castillo was charged with resisting arrest.
In New Jersey, resisting arrest is covered by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2. The statute stipulates that a person is guilty of fourth degree resisting arrest if, during flight, he purposely prevents a law enforcement officer from making an arrest. If Mr. Ghione is convicted of fourth degree resisting arrest, he could face a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months in state prison.
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Fleeing Suspect Subdued by North Arlington Police Chief, Report Says.“