Nine arrests made in Kearny this week for drugs and open warrants

KEARNY – Several arrests were made in Kearny this week for various offenses. According to officials:

On April 2nd at around 9:30 p.m., Kearny Police Vice Squad noticed a parked car on Helm Street and Midland Ave. Two individuals were seen in the Volkswagon, and the passenger appeared to be “manipulating” a straw-like object. After some surveillance the car drove away two blocks before the cops pulled them over. Upon questioning, it was confirmed that 27-year-old, Alessandro Olaya had been using the straw to ingest a controlled substance. Olaya was charged with 2 counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs, including oxytocin and alprazolam. The third charge was one count possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle was not arrested.

On April 5th around 2:30 p.m., Kearny police received reports that a suspicious individual was seen lurking around 800 Block Chestnut Street. Upon responding to the call, an Officer found a 25-year-old male, Courtney Conner, in the backyard of an abandoned dwelling. A warrant check was conducted while interviewing Conner when it was discovered that he had an outstanding warrant from East Orange with a set bail of $250.  The warrant is believed to be related to a Motor Vehicle violation.

On April 6th at around 3:00 p.m., at Kearny and Garfield, an Officer on patrol surveyed a 2008 Ford with an extremely loud muffler. The Officer pulled over 39-year-old Hakim Ford, a Jersey City resident. It was established that Ford had a suspended license and outstanding warrant issued by the Paramus Municipality for motor vehicle violations. Although Ford was processed at headquarters, he was later released.

On April 6th at around 3:45 p.m., reports were received that a 51-year-old, John Quinn was behaving strangely and “threw a calendar” in the Clerks Department of Kearny Town Hall. Once law enforcement arrived, he was detained for questioning. It was discovered he had an outstanding warrant issued by the Woodridge Municipality with a bail set at $120.

On April 6th at around 7:00 p.m., Officer Brian Wisely spotted Newark resident Anthony Booker on 200 block of Kearny Avenue. Wisely recognized him from previous police interaction and upon confirmation, he became aware of a $300 bail warrant issued for Booker by Newark. Newark Police Department was notified of Booker’s location.

On April 7th at around 11:30 a.m., a Kearny Police Officer witnessed a driver in a 2000 Ford pick-up truck make a U-turn on Kearny Avenue, then turn onto Afton where he failed to yield to a pedestrian in the cross walk. He then disregarded a stop sign on Maple Avenue as he turned west on Winter Street. By the time the driver started heading east on Bergen, the officer lost sight of the vehicle and discontinued the pursuit. Roughly 24 hours later, the Officer spotted the same vehicle with the same driver double parked on 200th block of Kearny Ave. The Officer approached the vehicle and confronted the 27-year-old, Noel Wessigk. A search revealed that he was a suspect of the Municipal of Elizabeth for disorderly conduct with a bail of $150. Wessigk was furthered charged for Failing to yield to a pedestrian, Careless driving, and Unsafe Turning in the street.

On April 7th at around 4:00 p.m., a 17-year-old Kearny male was observed around squeezing and manipulating what looked like a Rockstar Energy drinking can. As Kearny police surveilled, the can popped open and small bags were revealed that appeared to contain small amounts of marijuana. Upon closer inspection, the police found seven bags of marijuana and several other empty plastic bags. The suspect was arrested for narcotic violation, but was later released to his parents.

On April 9th at around 11:40 a.m., Officer Damon Pein was notified of a motor vehicle accident on the Old Lincoln Highway. The accident was between a 2004 Audi and a 2014 ISU Truck. During the investigation, he questioned  Audi driver Darrin Hailey, a 43-year-old Roselle resident. After issuing a warrant inquiry, it was revealed that Hailey’s driver’s license was suspended and he had nine outstanding warrants. Three were issued by Jersey City, three from Newark, and one each from Bayonne, Roselle and Linden.  Hailey was arrested, charged with driving while suspended and reckless driving, and is now being held in Hudson County Jail.


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