Police received a report of a loud party at a house on Kingsland Road in Boonton Township. When officers arrived at the scene, they briefly detained several minors.
One of the officers then encountered the 20-year-old suspect. According to police at the scene, the suspect was highly intoxicated and acting belligerent at the time.
Police tried to quell the disturbance by placing the suspect under arrest, but he allegedly resisted arrest and violently assaulted one of the officers.
The officers eventually subdued the suspect and placed him under arrest. He was taken to police headquarters, where he allegedly remained out of control and damaged police property.
The suspect was charged with a number of offenses, including aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, hindering apprehension, obstruction of justice, and underage drinking.
As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(5)(a), aggravated assault may be classified as either a third degree felony or a fourth degree felony when it is committed against a police officer. If the officer in this case suffered bodily injury, the suspect could face third degree charges and be sentenced to between three and five years in New Jersey State Prison.
According to police, the incident at the Boonton Township home is still under investigation.
To learn more about this incident, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Mine Hill Man Assaulted Police Officer Trying to Break up Underage Drinking Party, Boonton Township Police Say.”