LINDEN – A police officer assigned to direct traffic was assaulted last week after he stopped a car that was driving on the wrong side of the road. The suspect, a 33-year-old Linden man, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on an officer and other offenses.
Officer Scott A. Jones was working with the water company directing traffic on the 200 block of East Elizabeth Avenue on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 12:21 a.m. when he saw a 2009 Honda traveling on the wrong side of the road at a high rate of speed.
Jones stopped the vehicle and asked the driver, later identified as Dion Lamar Cann, for his license and registration. According to police, Jones believed he smelled marijuana and asked Cann to step out of the vehicle. Cann allegedly refused and pushed Jones in the face when the officer opened the car’s driver side door.
Jones regained his footing and tackled Cann, who allegedly continued to resist the officer by flailing his arms. Jones radioed for assistance and several officers responded to assist in the arrest.
Cann was subsequently charged with aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, and issued motor vehicle summonses for disregard of an officer directing traffic, careless driving, and driving with a suspended license. He was being held on $22,500 bail pending a court date. He also had a contempt of court warrant out of Jersey City.
Jones, 36, complained of pain in his mouth and had scrapes on his lower legs. He was going to see his own physician, according to police.
The charges against Cann are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.