WAYNE, N.J. -- A 23-year-old Wayne motorist carrying heroin was pepper-sprayed by police after he fought with them during a traffic stop, authorities said Wednesday.
Wayne Officers Robert Fernandez and Skylar Cauceglia were part of additional patrols deployed to the area of Otis Place and Demarest Avenue to address "youths congregating and using drugs" when they stopped the 2002 Honda Civic at Fairfield Road, Capt. Laurence Martin said.
The driver, Adam Boyle, "refused to cooperate and made movements of attempting hide contraband in the closed fist of his right hand," Martin said.
"Numerous attempts using conflict resolution techniques were employed to gain compliance, but Mr. Boyle refused to cooperate and began resisting physically," he said.
The officers continued trying to restrain Boyle but "were met with escalating physical resistance," so they sprayed him, Martin said.
The Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad treated Boyle, who was taken into custody, he said.
Police found seven bags of heroin stamped "UNFORGIVEN," along with a glass bottle containing crack and a cut straw, the captain said, adding that the New Jersey dealer license plate didn't belong to the car.
A judge ordered Boyle released pending a hearing on charges of obstruction, resisting arrest and drug and paraphernalia possession, Martin said. He also received summses for having an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, among other offenses, he said.