Roselle Park resident Frances Guzman, age 51, was arrested on Saturday, April 8th, for Eluding, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS).
At approximately 8:51 a.m. that morning, while detailed to Distracted Driver enforcement, Detective Sergeant Dominick Frino reportedly observed a driver traveling eastbound on the 600 block of West Westfield Avenue using her cell phone while operating a 2007 Honda. A motor vehicle stopped was conducted in the area of West Westfield Avenue at Locust Street. According to the report, after being stopped for several minutes – during the course of the investigation – the driver drove off and police gave chase into Roselle onto First Avenue.
The driver of the Honda allegedly struck Detective Sergeant Frino’s police vehicle on First Avenue at Walnut Street and continued toward Linden Road where the pursuit led back into Roselle Park.
The pursuit ended as the driver stopped in front of her residence on the 100 block of Bender Avenue where she reportedly bailed out of the vehicle on foot and was quickly apprehended by Detective Sergeant Frino, Lieutenant Manuel Jimenez, and Patrolman Mitchell White who had joined in the pursuit.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Frances Guzman, age 51 from Roselle Park. A search incident to the arrest led to the discovery, according to police, of Ms. Guzman being in possession of suspected heroin.
Ms. Guzman was issued numerous motor vehicle summonses and formally charged with Eluding in the 2nd degree, Resisting Arrest in the 3rd degree, and Possession of CDS in the 3rd degree. She was subsequently released on her own recognizance with a Union County Superior Court date of April 24th.