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Palisades Parkway police charge Fort Lee driver with bias intimidation, threats, PCP possession

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Fort Lee man who refused to pull over his pickup truck screamed racial epithets, threatened to kill two back-up officers and kicked the doors and windows of a police cruiser so hard that it needed repairs, Palisades Interstate Parkway police said tonight.

Detective Jeffrey Kimbro saw Thomas E. Nash speeding and driving the 1995 truck erratically on the northbound Parkway in Alpine Friday night, Acting Chief Michael J. Coppola said.

Kimbro chased it for roughly two miles before Nash finally pulled over, Coppola said.

The detective “noticed that the driver appeared under the influence of narcotics,” he said.

A consented search then turned up a clear, plastic bag of suspected phencyclidine and rolling papers, the acting chief said.

Officers Robert Littlejohn and Raymond Walter arrived soon after.

As they took Nash into custody, “he resisted arrest by force and began screaming obscenities and racial epithets at the officers,” Coppola said.

Once in custody, Nash “continued racially charged belligerent comments towards the officers and on several occasions threatened to kill them,” he said. “He became more violent by kicking the back doors and windows of the patrol car rendering it out of service for repairs.”

Nash was being held on $60,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail pending a hearing in PIP Court Tuesday on charges that include bias intimidation, terroristic threats and aggravated assault on a police officer, as well as DUI-related offenses.


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