One suspect arrested after two suspected law breakers crashed a vehicle into a building on Marshall Street on Thursday afternoon, according to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.
Daquann Barnes, 27, a city resident, was driving a 2000 Volkswagen with a passenger near Marshall Street on Thursday afternoon when he failed to halt at a stop sign on Mary Street. As Barnes was driving, he almost slammed into a county police vehicle after failing to adhere to a stop sign, resulting in the initiation of a motor vehicle stop. Officers Scott Slekis and Chris Schiavo, both officers from the county sheriff’s office, initiated the stop at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday.
The vehicle “fled and a pursuit was initiated,” according to Richard Berdnik, the county sheriff. As officers were following the vehicle the driver and the passenger jumped out while the car was in motion. The vehicle crashed into 82 Marshall Street. Schiavo chased Barnes on foot and managed to cuff him on Mill Street.
Officers found drugs, weapon, and cash on Barnes. “Barnes was found to possess a loaded Ruger P95 9mm handgun, .6 oz of crystal methamphetamine and $2,925.00 cash,” according to the office. Sheriff’s officers were unable to catch the other suspect. “The passenger was not apprehended and could not be identified at this point,” read a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Barnes has been charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute near a school, weapon’s possession, resisting arrest, and eluding. Barnes was transported to the city’s police lockup. Authorities continue to investigate the incident. No one was injured when the vehicle crashed into the building.