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Paterson Man Arrested in Paramus for Eluding, Assaulting a Police Officer, Drug Possession


The Paramus Police Department announces the arrest of David C. Turner, 46, of Paterson, for eluding with a motor vehicle, possession of drugs and assault on a police officer.

According to police officials, on Tuesday, August 24, at approximately 12:12 a.m., the Paramus Police Department received an alert from the Washington Township Police Department that a suspect vehicle had fled from a motor vehicle stop near Van Embugh Avenue and Route 17.

Police officials said that while on patrol, Police Officer Michael Mordaga observed the vehicle, described as a 2013 Chevy Equinox black in color, traveling Route 17 at a high rate of speed. 

Police said that Officer Mordaga assisted by Paramus Officers Nick Tanelli and Kevin Osback attempted to stop the vehicle being driven by a suspect later identified as David Turner. When the suspect vehicle reached the exit for Route 4, he lost control and struck a guardrail. 

According to police, officers attempted to take Turner into custody, but he resisted and struck the officers.  Turner was finally handcuffed and arrested. 

According to police, they discovered 140 packets of a substance believed to be heroin and 25 small bags of a substance believed to be cocaine. Police also recovered a machete from the suspect’s vehicle.

Police said that Turner was placed under arrest for eluding, possession of controlled dangerous substances and assault. He was transported to New Bridge Medical for treatment for possible injuries from the accident. 

According to police, the subject was arrested and charged on August 24 with:

  • Eluding
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Assault on Officer
  • Resisting Arrest