LINDEN – A Linden man has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, DWI and various other counts after he allegedly tried to ram a police car during an argument with his girlfriend.
Officer Matthew Damatta was responding to another call at 12:48 a.m. on June 13 when his vehicle was nearly struck head-on by a 2005 Nissan Murano on the 100 block of West Elizabeth Avenue. Damatta was able to avoid the collision and answer the original call, but he returned to the area to search for the car that nearly struck him, police said.
A 31-year-old woman approached the officer and told him that she was driving the Nissan with her boyfriend, Krzystof Jaworowski, in the passenger seat. They were having an argument, and when they saw the approaching police car Jaworowski allegedly grabbed the steering wheel and pushed her leg down on the gas pedal, authorities said. “We’re going to die head-on into the police car,” Jaworowski reportedly told her.
The Nissan came to an abrupt stop before it struck the police car; the woman jumped out and ran away. Additional officers searched for the Nissan and found it parked on Lumber Street, according to authorities.
Jaworowski was asleep inside the vehicle, authorities said. He was placed under arrest and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of making terroristic threats, and nine motor vehicle counts including DWI, refusal to submit to a breath test, reckless driving, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, police said. He was transported to the county jail in lieu of $37,500 bail with a court date set for June 18.
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