Prosecutor: Newark man faces charges for attempting to run down Kearny police officer
A Newark man is facing a variety of charges for allegedly trying to run down a Kearny police officer.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office says that Kearny police officers witnessed a drug transaction between a juvenile and 25-year-old Quamid Johnson around 9:20 a.m. on Franklin Place.
Johnson and the juvenile allegedly ran away, with Johnson allegedly driving his vehicle directly at the officers. According to authorities, the officers ordered Johnson to stop, and one of the officers fired a shot at the vehicle as it sped away.
The prosecutor’s office says that Johnson allegedly led police on a chase into Newark, where he then lost control of the vehicle and crashed at Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard. He was arrested a short time later on the 200 block of Market Street.
Johnson was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries he sustained in the crash.
Police say that he was allegedly in possession of 600 wax folds of heroin and about $500 in cash.
Johnson was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and possession of heroin with an intent to distribute, among other charges.