Paterson man in DWI chase charged with threatening Wyckoff police officers

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Paterson man who received 14 summonses following a drunk-driving chase last summer threatened two Wyckoff officers, an indictment returned in Hackensack alleges.

Photo Credit: Courtesy WYCKOFF PD

Officer James Bakelaar clocked 35-year-old Michael C. Scian at 74 miles an hour on Route 208 just before 3 a.m. last July 12, Police Chief Benjamin Fox said at the time.

Scian pulled off at Cedar Hill Avenue and continued going through several streets before bailing out at the end of Brewster Road, Fox said.

A Midland Park officer spotted Scian at Sicomac and Cedar Hill avenues and took him into custody, the chief said.

Scian was charged with DWI and eluding a police officer while also receiving the summonses, and was released without bail to a friend pending a Municipal Court hearing, Fox said.

The grand jury indictment handed up yesterday charges Scian with:

“knowingly fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer…after having received a signal to bring the vehicle to a full stop”;

“preventing or attempting to prevent [two Wyckoff officers] from effecting an arrest by using or threatening to use physical force or violence.”


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