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Police: Man Charged With Drug Possession After Car Chase

Police pursue man on foot to church property Wednesday night.

A Saddle Brook man was charged with possession of heroin and reckless driving after allegedly leading police on a car chase in the Mountainview section of town, authorities said. 

Detectives from the undercover operations unit were conducting surveillance of the Stahl Plaza Shopping Center at approximately 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, when they noticed "suspicious activity" in the area, said Detective Capt. James Clarke.

Police saw two men enter a Chevy Cobalt and drive a short distance before one of the men quickly got out of the car, police said. The car then suddenly left the scene, Clarke said.

Believing that they had observed a possible drug transaction, the detectives followed the vehicle, Clarke said. Detectives attempted to stop the car on Fayette Avenue, but the driver sped up and refused to stop, police said.

The driver reached Fairfield Road and the Route 23 South service road and ran out of the car, Clarke said.

Police pursued the man on foot as he ran across the Route 23 pedestrian footbridge above the highway, to on Van Duyne Avenue, authorities reported.

Police caught up with William Petruccelli II, 22, of Saddle Brook, and arrested him on the church’s property, Clarke said. 

Police searched the church property and found a discarded bag containing crack cocaine and a crack pipe, along with an hypodermic needle and syringe and two glassine envelopes containing heroin, Clarke said.

Petruccelli, who was allegedly found to be under the influence of heroin, was charged with possession of heroin, reckless driving, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a needle and syringe, resisting arrest, eluding police, hindering apprehension, and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, Clarke said.

He was also issued multiple motor vehicle summonses, Clarke said.

Unable to post a $2,500 bond, Petruccelli was remanded to the Passaic County Jail, police said.

Bill Brennan December 03, 2011 at 05:49 PM
The OAL Judge decided that students were losing respect for law enforcement because the began singing "fuck the police" rap lyrics at a school spirit event. While they may have sung those lyrics it had ZERO to do with respect for law enforcement or this incident. School spirit week had each grade come up with a name and color for their grade. Each grade was in a contest with the other grades. The juniors chose "The Purple Police" as their name and color. I know first hand that the freshmen were the "Freshman Firemen" and chose pink as their color. As part of this competition each grade had a mascot. When the juniors came out any regarding the police had everything to do with the school sponsored competition and nothing to do with this incident. The students actively participated in a school sponsored event and then lawyers that we pay with our tax dollars put a false spin on that participation in order to win a legal argument. I have repeatedly said I don't know the truth about what happened on Urban Club Road. I can say for a fact that at least one representation by school board lawyers complete BS. False in that - false in what else?
Bill Brennan December 03, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Why did lawyers paid with tax dollars lie to the judge? A witness/teacher said this Teacher Michael Shale Jr., who said he was junior class advisor at the school, said Friday that the shirts in fact read “Purple Police” and reflected the color and theme chosen by the juniors in September as part of spirit week. Shale also said there was no “widespread chanting or cursing” regarding police. Yet the lawyers said the matter reflected disruption in the school and a loss of respect for law enforcement as a consequence of the fight. It just isn't true, why would they misrepresent the facts?
stephen p. December 04, 2011 at 04:19 PM
all these comments have no relation to this article.
Daniel Hubbard December 04, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Understood. Thanks.
Frankie McKormick February 08, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I love the theme song to COPS. It gives me the same feeling inside that I get while eating a york peppermint patty.

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