Linden Man Allegedly Punched Police Officers During Arrest

(Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

(Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

LINDEN – A 26-year-old city man who was riding a stolen motorcycle allegedly punched  Linden police officers who were trying to arrest him, authorities said.

Officer Gavin Sheehan stopped Teshawn K. Campbell at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, when a radar gun showed that he was riding his motorcycle at 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, police said. Campbell, who initially told Sheehan that his name was “Tyrone Johnson” said that he didn’t have a wallet or identification with him and gave conflicting information about his destination, authorities said.

A backup officer ran the motorcycle’s license plate and found that it did not match. A check of the vehicle’s serial number revealed that it had been reported stolen out of Woodbridge.

When Sheehan tried to place Campbell under arrest, the suspect allegedly punched the officer in the side and attempted to flee the scene. Officer Juan Velarde tried to handcuff Campbell, but was punched in the head.  The two officers were eventually able to restrain Campbell, who allegedly continued to kick his feet and resist.

Campbell was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, hindering apprehension, and receiving stolen property, as well as a string of traffic offenses: being an unlicensed and uninsured motorcycle operator, speeding, driving while suspended, having an unregistered motorcycle with fictitious license plates, and failure to exhibit documents and wearing an unapproved helmet.

In addition, Campbell was wanted on contempt of court warrants from Clark and Westfield. He was taken to Union County Jail in Elizabeth, and bail was set at $30,000.

Neither officer sought medical attention, police said.

The charges against Campbell are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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