Hudson County Sheriff’s officer receives emergency knee surgeries after chasing fleeing suspect


A Hudson County Sheriff’s officer received emergency surgery for two broken knees after chasing a fleeing teen suspect who fled after a traffic stop.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On January 6th, a Hudson County Sheriff’s officer initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Palisade Avenue and 5th Street in Union City. A burgundy Nissan Maxima was pulled over after officers saw that the vehicle had no front license plate and tinted front windows, Sheriff Frank Schillari said in a statement.

While speaking with the driver, D’Andre J. Velaquez, of North Bergen, the officer observed that the driver’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his words were slurred.

Field sobriety tests at that time were performed and it was determined that the driver was under the influence of narcotics.

At that time, the driver was placed into custody and the other three passengers were asked to step out of the vehicle. They were then informed that the vehicle would be towed, at which time the juvenile took the keys and refused.

When officers on scene attempted to arrest the juvenile for obstruction of administrative law, the teenager fled.

The two other passengers of the vehicle also fled the scene and were later identified as Juan S. Lopez, of Union City, and Kenia L. Morales, of North Bergen.

Members of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Bureau discovered a black handgun in the backseat of the vehicle as well as a six round magazine.

All parties were charged with possession of weapons for unlawful use, unlawful possession of weapons and certain persons not to have weapons.

“Every day, our officers put their lives on the line to protect our community and it is always horrible when an officer is hurt in the line of duty. I wish this officer a speedy and full recovery and thank them for their dedicated service,” added Schillari.

The officer, who the sheriff’s office declined to identify, is expected to require one to two years to recover from their injuries. The juvenile was apprehended and taken to the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.

He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of administrative law and resisting arrest in addition to the other charges.

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  1. Yes the suspect did flea the scene but why hire officers that can’t get the job done if he wasn’t able to get the job done without hurting himself then he’s not capable of the job at all he did that to himself sorry just my opinion the officer put his life on the line cause that’s his job and he’s shocked he knew exactly what was coming

    • Ummm… what? That could be the most absurd statement I’ve ever read. Professional athletes fall….. He fell on the street, likely wearing an extra 30 lbs of gear…… Jesus, did a cop break your heart or something?

  2. Why is the Sheriff’s Department the ONLY department that never puts their officers names in the paper when they are involved in things, the only name you ever read is the sheriff’s name. A little narcissistic don’t ya think?! Give the men credit for Petes sake!