Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Pet Emergency Leads to Motor Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Amy Bakunas (45) of Elmwood Park, N.J. for eluding police, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place on July 13, 2012 at approximately 8:30 P.M. That is when Officer Brian Sabatelli allegedly observed a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse run a red light at the intersection of Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue. He then initiated a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Bakunas, stopped her vehicle in the right lane and then emerged from it and began to approach the officer’s vehicle, allegedly screaming that she had an emergency and had to bring her cat to the pet hospital. The officer directed Bakunas to return to her vehicle as a matter of safety. She then allegedly got back into her car and drove off. Officer Sabatelli then initiated a pursuit of the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle then continued south on Passaic Avenue, allegedly running three red light traffic signals along Passaic Avenue in both Fairfield and West Caldwell. The vehicle eventually became stopped in traffic at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue; however it attempted to get around traffic by entering the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank. Fairfield officers converged on the vehicle but the driver allegedly still attempted to elude the officers. It appears that when Bakunas finally realized that there was no where else to go, she stopped the vehicle.

Officers attempted to take her into custody but she allegedly resisted their efforts. She was finally taken into custody after a brief struggle. Bakunas received minor injuries as a result of her resisting the officers’ attempts to arrest her and she refused medical treatment at Fairfield police headquarters. The Animal Emergency andReferralCenterwas contacted and responded to aid the sick feline.

Along with the criminal charges, Bakunas also received a series of motor vehicle summonses as well. She was later released on her own recognizance. In addition, at press time, the prognosis for the sick feline was apparently good. (It should be noted that the charges here are merely allegations and that Bakunas is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) 

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