HCPO: Kearny cop shot at car driving towards him that led police on high-speed pursuit

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The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is probing an incident where a Kearny police officer allegedly shot at a car a driving towards him that later led police on a high-speed pursuit that ended after the driver crashed in Newark.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

This morning at approximately 9:20 a.m., members of the Kearny Police Department Street Crimes Unit observed a narcotics transaction in the area of 27 Franklin Place
between a juvenile and adult actor, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

Both actors attempted to flee the area, with the adult driving his vehicle directly at a Kearny police officer who ordered him to stop. One Kearny police detective fired at the vehicle which then fled from the area at a high rate of speed.

The suspect led Kearny police on a pursuit into Newark where he lost control of his vehicle and crashed at Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard. The suspect was apprehended in the area of 222 Market St.

The defendant, later identified as Quamid Johnson, 25 of Newark, was taken to a local
hospital for injuries sustained in the crash and released into police custody.

At the time of his arrest, Johnson was found to be in possession of 600 wax folds of heroin, or 182 grams – and approximately $500 in cash.

Johnson was charged with aggravated assault, eluding, resisting arrest, possession
of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin) with intent to distribute, distribution of CDS, and distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

As is standard protocol, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has been notified and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is working in conjunction with the New Jersey Attorney General.