Police: Man high on PCP at Secaucus Dunkin’ Donuts tries to pick a fight with cop


A man high on PCP at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Secaucus tried to pick a fight with a police officer last week, according to Police Chief Dennis Miller.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Dawoud Rourk, 42, of Newark, was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance (PCP), possession of PCP, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, possession with intent to distribute CDS (marijuana), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while intoxicated, Miller said.

Last Monday, August 24th, at around 9:19 a.m., Secaucus police responded to the Dunkin’ Donuts, located at 216 County Ave., on a report of a man acting disorderly in the parking lot.

A concerned citizen reported the Rourk was acting erratically and under the influence of drugs. Upon the officer’s arrival, an officer went to check on the welfare of Rourk, but Rourk attempted to assault him.

The officer made several attempts to de-escalate the situation, but Rourk was insistent on attempting to assault the officer and tried striking him with his elbow. The officer took him to the ground and placed him under arrest, the chief explained.

Rourk was also found to have one outstanding warrant issued by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office with no bail, one $7,500 outstanding warrant issued out of Bayonne, and one $100 outstanding warrant issued out of Jersey City.

The police also arrested a 15-year-old male juvenile from Raleigh, North Carolina for possession of CDS (marijuana) and tampering with evidence. The juvenile was served his juvenile complaint summons and was released into the custody of a responsible adult.

Additionally, Rourk was served his complaint warrant, along with his five motor vehicle summons including DWI, and was subsequently transported to the Hudson County Jail, Miller said.