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Newark Police Captain Arrested for DWI, Attempt to Assault Sergeant

By rlsmetro on

A Newark Police Captain was arrested and charged with DWI during an incident where he attempted to assault a sergeant at a crime scene in the Ironbound section. 

Captain Omar Diaz, with over two decades with the Newark Police Department and two years as a Captain, was taken into custody in the city's East Ward early Saturday morning. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office confirmed with RLS Media. 

County officials did not release much information on the incident and stated they would release further details when they became available. 

Sources close to the investigation told RLS Media that Captain Diaz became enraged at the scene of a stabbing and attempted to assault a sergeant who was there to command the crime scene. 

Our early morning crew tracked a stabbing in the vicinity of 195 Ferry Street just before 4:30 a.m., where police found a male victim suffering a stab wound in his stomach. 

This victim's injuries were non-fatal. 

According to sources, Captain Diaz working an outside employment job at another location, drove a vehicle to the Ferry Street job and was angered for an unknown reason.

Captain Diaz already had a job and reportedly had no reason to be at the Ferry Street incident.  

"An out-of-control Captain Diaz was restrained by two Newark Police when he began to curse, spit and attempt to assault the unidentified sergeant physically," sources said. 

The sergeant immediately notified headquarters and reported that a "drunk captain" -Diaz- was trying to attack him, RLS Media confirmed. 

Diaz reportedly also spoke abrupt and ‘weirdly’ to a new female officer on the scene according to sources. 

As the scene settled, NJ Transit Police arrived, conducted a breathalyzer on Captain Diaz, and then placed him in custody after the reading was reportedly over the limit.  

"He -Captain Diaz- was a drunken mess. An embarrassment to all the fine officers on the scene that night. His behavior made all the officers very sad to see top brass acting in this manner", the source said. 

According to Captain Diaz's Linkedin page,  he is the commanding officer in the Metropolitan division of the police department.

"I am responsible for patrol, crime prevention, community outreach, and provide essential police services to the city's main business thoroughfare.

I also oversee the Arena Unit, which provides security and traffic services for events at the Prudential Center Arena, NJ Performing Arts Center, and Newark Symphony Hall," Captain Diaz said on Linkedin.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office did not immediately confirm assault charges on Captain Diaz, but they did verify DWI.