West Caldwell Man Charged with Eluding Police After Fleeing From Motor Vehicle Stop
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Stickles (19) of West Caldwell NJ, for eluding police on February 28, 2023. On that date at approximately 9:59 pm, Officer John Seragusa observed a white Ford pick-up truck traveling south on Passaic Avenue. The officer allegedly observed one of the rear taillights to not be functioning. As the officer tried to get closer to the vehicle, he observed it commit several other motor vehicle violations which allegedly includedchanging lanes without signaling and passing vehicles on the right. The officer was able to catch up to the vehicle as they stopped at the red traffic signal at Beverly Road.
At this time, the officer was able to obtain the vehicle’sregistration. When the light turned green, Officer Seragusa activated his overhead lights to conduct a motor vehicle stop for the violations he observed. It was at this time the pick-up truck allegedly accelerated away at a high rate of speed into West Caldwell. The vehicle turned onto Fairfield Avenue, then shut off its lights while still failing to stop. Officer Seragusa terminated all efforts to stop the vehicle at this time due to the erratic behavior of the driver and the safety of the public.
Further investigation determined the owner of the vehicle was a West Caldwell resident and that Stickles was the operator. Officer Daniel Kalinowski was able to locate Stickles a short time later before he arrived home. He was placed under arrest for eluding and transported to police headquarters where he was processed. In addition to the eluding charge, Stickles was issued six motor vehicle summonses. He was later released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance at the Fairfield Municipal Court.
(It should be noted that the charges against Sticklesare merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)
Issued by: Officer Stacy Chiarolanza (PIO)