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Wayne PD: Driver Nearly Hits Officer's Car, Claims He's Gang Member

Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy WAYNE PD

WAYNE, N.J. -- A recklessly speeding driver who forced a Wayne police officer to swerve out of his path claimed to be a gang member recently released from Rikers Island, authorities said.

Officer Mark Ciaviarella was conducting pre-dawn safety and security patrols of the commercial district along northbound Route 23 when the 2007 Lexus came barreling down the highway in the center lane, high beams on, Capt. Laurence Martin said.

Ciaviarella had to steer out of its way, then pulled the car over, Martin said.

The driver, 28-year-old Kevin Williams of Paterson, "had no identification on him and originally provided false names" to the officer and his backups, the captain said.

"He did state that he recently was released from Rikers Island NYC correctional institution and was a registered member of the Grape Street Crips," Martin said.

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ALSO SEE: RECOGNIZE HIM (VIDEO)? Wayne police on Monday released surveillance video of a burglar who they said took a large amount of jewelry and U.S. currency coins from a local resident.

http://southpassaic.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/video-recognize-him-wayne-burglar-made-off-with-large-jewelry-coin-haul/716259/

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ALSO SEE: A Wayne detective tied two township men with criminal records -- one of whom was released following a burglary earlier this year -- to a June home break-in.

http://southpassaic.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/wayne-detective-ties-two-to-break-in-theft-of-luxury-bags-jewelry/716245/

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A records check turned up two outstanding warrants -- out of Garfield and South Hackensack -- and a search of Williams produced marijuana, the captain said.

Williams was taken into custody and charged with drug possession and hindering apprehension.

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