Obstruction of Justice and Resisting Arrest in Hopatcong
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE:
DATE: 11/01/14 CASE: 14-12659
WHERE IT HAPPENED: Johnny’s Marina parking lot
NAME OF ACCUSED: Dasean Sears
AGE OF ACCUSED: 26
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Marne Road Hopatcong
OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Maresca
CHARGES: Obstruction, Resisting Arrest
WAS BAIL SOUGHT:: No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Maresca responded to the parking lot of Johnny’s Marina for a report of a person chasing a car. When Officer Maresca arrived he found a male later identified as Dasean Sears throwing tree climbing equipment from the back of his truck onto the parking lot. Officer Maresca asked Sears what was going on but Sears would not answer. Sears walked very fast from the back of his truck to the open driver’s door. He was ordered to stop but kept going. Sears reached into the center console of his vehicle. Officer Maresca again ordered him to stop and to show him his hands. Again Sears did not comply and continued to do something inside of the vehicle. Officer Maresca physically took Sears to the ground for his safety. After being handcuffed Officer Maresca asked him what his problem was and Sears told him he is having a bad day.
It was found that Sears was on Ithanell Road having an argument with his girlfriend over a belt buckle which did not fit properly. This made Sean “go off”. He picked up a rock and threw it at his own truck. He then sped away and drove to Johnny’s Marina where Officer Maresca found him.
Sears was arrested and taken to headquarters. He calmed down and explained that he has bad days like these. Officer Maresca took him to Newton Hospital to talk to a counselor about his anger.
It cannot be stressed enough that you must do what a Police Officer directs you to do. From a Police Officers eyes Sears was going into his center console to get a gun. We MUST think like this. If not when it does happen we are not ready and we die.
Sears must answer for his actions in court but on the other hand we want him to get help. This situation could have ended tragically. Hopefully Mr. Sears gets the help needed.
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