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Pair Punched, Kicked Cop After Traffic Stop, Police Say

Wayne residents attempted to flee, tried to conceal $3,600 worth of marijuana, report states.

Two Wayne men were charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest after they attempted to flee during a traffic stop on Packanack Lake Road Tuesday night, police reported.

Beomyoung Joung and Alexandar Balarin, both 18, were riding in a vehicle with improper lights in the Packanack Lake section of town shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Ken Hart reported.

Hart smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and questioned Balarin, the driver. While speaking with Balarin outside of the vehicle, Hart reported Balarin admitted he and Joung smoked marijuana earlier that night, according to the police report.

Joung was also brought outside of the vehicle and questioned, the report states.

Hart reported finding a piece of marijuana in the vehicle and an open bag with several ziplock baggies in it, the report said.

While handcuffing Balarin, Joung lunged toward the vehicle, taking a black backpack out of the rear of the vehicle and running away, the report states.

Hart caught up with Joung and wrestled him to the ground, at which point Joung began hitting Hart, the report states.

While he was wrestling with Joung, Balarin kicked Hart in the ribs several times, grabbed the backpack, and ran down Archung Road in handcuffs, Hart reported. Joung continued to struggle and hit Hart, who sprayed Joung in the face with Pepper spray and secured him in handcuffs.

Det. Colin Tarpey caught up with Balarin on the Packanack Lake Golf Course and took him into custody, the report states.

Police found the backpack in the back yard of 16 Archung Road. The bag had a large vacuum-sealed bag with marijuana in it, Hart reported.

Balarin and Joung both admitted to owning the marijuana, which they said was bought at a party in Pompton Lakes for $3,600, Hart reported.

In addition to the assault and resisting arrest charges, the men were charged with obstruction, hindering apprehension, possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.

Both individuals were unable to post bail and were transported to the Passaic County jail, police reported.

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Dory Degen November 23, 2012 at 06:14 PM
i wouldn't want to take on Off Hart. What a badas*! Good job Officer!!!!!
Pat Lowe November 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
This had to be hysterical to see
stewart resmer November 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
all of this when 18 states have voted for medicinal use, as other states have reduced simple possession to infractions, and other states have decriminalzed the herb entirley.
Pat Lowe November 23, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I would have loved to see this.
eyes wide shut November 23, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Stewart, there is an AMOUNT that is decriminalized .. I don't think $3,600.00 makes the cut LOL, And Besides, Whatever the other states do, its STILL not legal in NJ.. Possession is an infraction when its UNDER an oz. That much is generally intent to distribute....
Russell W. Ganz November 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM
hey stewart,had these two stoners ,with less than 1 brain between them, spent less for their "herb", and a little more on their ride, they would not be living overnight at the passaic county jail , paid for by OUR tax money. as you said, 18 states for med use only. how would you like "cheech and chong" coming at you , loaded, on your side of the road?
still in town 78 November 24, 2012 at 09:28 AM
O yeah that gives the right for someone to punch a cop and run away while in custody!
stewart resmer November 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I see the reactionary squad have gotten back from their thanksgiving holiday? I wonder? how many drunk drivers have been, or will be arrested before this week is over? And two young men have a greater legal problem today than they may have ever bargained for. Gov. Christie signs bill that gives non-violent drug ... www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/gov_christie_signs_bill_that_g.html Jul 19, 2012 ... Gov. Christie signs bill that gives non-violent drug offenders rehab instead ... Drug court programs, in New Jersey for more than a dozen years, ...
still in town 78 November 24, 2012 at 01:48 PM
@ stew that still doesn't give them the right to assault an officer if a drunk driver did the same I would say the same thing.
stewart resmer November 24, 2012 at 02:31 PM
there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty still on the books right?
Patrick November 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Stewart, how about you take the moral high ground for once and say that it's wrong to kick or attack another person regardless. I never saw you say one word about hoping officer Franco gets better, I suppose it was his fault the hurricane hit or maybe he should have been doing something else you approve of. Maybe the officer who got shot should have been somewhere else too instead of trying to help the patrons inside of the store that night. This much is clear, this is about your hatred of Wayne cops, maybe you've been one of their customers. Hate cops fine but atleast realize they are people too who don't need your thanks but don't deserve your blind spinning hate. War on weed is dumb, I agree, but these kids took it way beyond that and if they are innocent that's good but atleast admit that the accusations made are sickening.
eyes wide shut November 24, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Lets see, presumption of innocence??? Hmmm caught with 3600 dollars worth of pot, resisting arrest, assault, ya they are presumed innocent until they set foot in court. then the presumption is OVER..
Joe videodummy November 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Well Stewart times have changed. If this were the 70's our towns finest would have kicked the crap out of these two. Today, Wayne offers a more intelligent and passionate police force, and although some residents feel this provides the foundation for a closer-knit community, others still feel that attacking an officer warrant's a good old fashion thumping with a trucheon. Avoiding police brutality which has become a staple for civil lawsuits, primary targets are muscles, quadriceps, and common peroneal nerves- but we'll have to settle for less-lethal hand-held impact weapons by giving them a ticket and a free ride to the big house.
stewart resmer November 24, 2012 at 04:55 PM
78-Still, its an allegation they are entiltled to their day in court. what can I tell ya. Patrick you have your opinion(s), I have mine. You're inflamatory remarks have nothing to do with this particular incident. My opinion of the WPD is that patrol officers making 120-k plus full benefits is a wee bit pricey, and I happen to think that a competative bid with the Passsaic Sheriffs Department would be interesting to know. After all the HQ os already located in Wayne, they have far and away superior resources and equipment, they man the jails and the courts and have a facility on rt 23 where I see vehciles coming and going all the time. Seems to me Wayne would be better served if the WPD were disbanded and the sheriffs department assumed the job. Maybe instead of howling assertions you cant back up with the facts, you might explain why the WPD can out perform the PSD instead? Go for it Patrick, go for it.
I don't think so November 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I can defend it Stewart, PCSD does not have the manpower and resources to cover the town. The jail needs officers before they put more on the road, they are severely understaffed. Right now they help in Paterson and Passaic and they need officers more than Wayne. You have a right to your opinion but this time you don't have the facts. Why do people continue to blame unions for getting good deals for there constituants? A union can ask for anything they want and the towns don't have to give it to them. If they get it who's fault is it? Blame your elected officials who have negotiated the contract. As far as the arrest of these 2 kids is concerned they are innocent until proven guilty. The only problem is they admitted to buying the $3,600 worth of pot which is not recreational or medicinal. They were going to sell it and make some money with it. That should always be illegal. Just in case anyone was interested California did a study and there are more people driving under the influence of drugs than alcohol. Making it legal might solve some problems but it will create just as many.
stewart resmer November 24, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Christie targets lack of shared services Gov. Christie hosts town hall meeting at Mount Laurel YMCA ... www.southjerseylocalnews.com/articles/2012/10/24/medford_central_record/new... Oct 24, 2012 ... In particular, Gov. Christie made a target of the sick-leave system and a lack of shared services on the municipal level. Under current sick-leave ...
Dory Degen November 24, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Stop helping Stewart get off on all this attention and making this a forum for any and all of his opinions. This article is about two criminals in our town, um...presumed criminals, and 2 cops who did their job.
C6 November 25, 2012 at 03:02 AM
How about the fact that these 18 year olds have no problem trying to fight a cop??????? Really??? Is this the way our society is going?? There's no limitations to these kids-they think the sky is the limit and they run with it. This generation of kids have no fear of authority. This is sickening!
I don't think so November 25, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Stewart you are way off thinking the PCSD can handle Wayne along with everything else. They are short staffed in the jail and before they start taking care of other towns they need to protect there own. Officers are in danger there everyday and you want them to concentrate on Wayne? Learn the facts, I certainly have and they don't work when it comes to what you think will be better. When did unions become the problem? You complain about what cops make yet they didn't give themselves the contract. The elected officials did and yet you want to blame the officers. With the 2 young adults who were arrested for the pot they deserve what they get. Even if it was legal to have a small amount the full backpack would still be illegal. They are innocent until they get to court. They admitted to paying $3,600 for it and they will have to pay for what they did. It was definitely not medicinal or recreational they wanted to make money with it.
Nose Wayne November 25, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Don't mind Stewart Dory, he just likes to hear himself talk.
stewart resmer November 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM
A Party member…is supposed to live in a continuous frenzy of hatred of foreign enemies and internal traitors, triumph over victories, and self-abasement before the power and wisdom of the Party. The discontents produced by his bare, unsatisfying life are deliberately turned outwards and dissipated by such devices as the Two Minutes Hate, and the speculations which might possibly induce a sceptical or rebellious attitude are killed in advance by his early acquired inner discipline…called, in Newspeak, crimestop. Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.
Wayne Resident November 26, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Unlike you Nose, you never like to hear yourself talk.
Patrick November 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Stewey, Is an educated, reasonable man, who pays "regular" Wayne taxes. I'll let him believe that but he should research before he makes dumb comments like the average Wayne patrolman makes 120k in base is hysterical. The start is at 40k and it takes 16 years in a car, helping people who hate them, like you to get to that point. RESEARCH-PCSD resources are no better than Wayne's. last time I checked my 20k in taxes and an easy 6 or 7 goes to a county that does NOTHING for me or anyone who works for that matter. So Yes it would be genius to transfer power from a town that is actually nice to a county force that historically has failed over and over, a county that hires cops for political favor and no requires no college at all. Stewey, you so crazy, I love laughing at your posts. And way to change the story but I remember the point of the story is about two bad guys and a great job by one of the many cops in town. Great job, makes us proud here in Pines Lake. A proud law abiding community.
stewart resmer November 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I am fascinated that you styed up all night before you decided to post these comments all at the same time, but really? Dont lose any sleep on my account? I don't think so 5:19 am on Sunday, November 25, 2012 Nose Wayne 5:19 am on Sunday, November 25, 2012 C6 5:19 am on Sunday, November 25, 2012 Joe videodummy 5:19 am on Sunday, November 25, 2012
stewart resmer November 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
there is one important word missing in this story and the comments, that word is 'alleged', a very important ommission and one having a great distinction in our form of juris prudence. I guess it is not 'our' form of jurisprudence after all judging from the comments which include references to the days of yore when WPD beat suspects with truncheons then? It must be very frustrating then to know that those days are over huh? Here Patrick run a few names at this site: http://php.app.com/NJpublicemployees12/search.php You may be surprised. So far as my view that the sheriffs dept might be a good alternative to the WPD, I have read nothing that changes my mind here.
C6 November 26, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Hey Stewart-don't flatter yourself! My comment has nothing to do with you, it has to do with the article! Reread what I wrote! We all have 5:19 AM???? I guess at 5:19 AM is when our comment was approved to be on this, wouldn't you think so?????? AGAIN, my comment is about the article, not about you.

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