Ex-Linden man rammed cops cars HARD, sprayed officers with mace, cops say
An Arizona man faces seven counts of assault after, police say, he deliberately rammed cop cars at Linden Police headquarters on Tuesday.
Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki said James Wnek, 27, came to the garage at police headquarters on Wood Avenue, where his Nissan Pathfinder hit a police SUV at high speed before taking off. Wnek wound up several blocks away at Spruce and West Henry, where he hit several other vehicles including another police car that was arriving to take part in a pursuit, Sarnicki said.
Sarnicki said Wnek got out of the car and tried to run away before being captured by police.
NBC 4 New York said as he was being escorted into the police station he sprayed two officer with a "lipstick size" container of pepper spray. Police in turn used their own mace on Wnek, who was taken to Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth for observation, according to that report.
Officers had to call in the fire department to vent the building due to the mace, CBS reports.
Sarnicki said that Wnek is originally from Linden and was visiting with his grandmother.
He was charged with eluding police, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief and was released from Trinitas on Wednesday morning. He was being held at the Union County Jail pending $200,000 bail.