Convicted Felon Arrested After Foot Chase Across 6 Lanes Of Route 17
Man who was convicted of shooting a police officer in NY state was arrested in Mahwah on the 4th of July, police said
A convicted felon who served time in a New York prison for shooting a police officer was arrested in Mahwah Wednesday after a foot pursuit across Route 17, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said Thursday morning.
Paul G. Samwell, 38, of Beacon, NY, was arrested on Independence Day after running from police during a traffic stop on Route 17, Batelli said. According to police, there was a warrant out for Samwell’s arrest for violating parole.
“Samwell had been paroled in April 2012 after serving 12 years of a 20-year sentence for shooting a police officer in Orange County. He violated his parole shortly after his release and the warrant was subsequently issued,” Batelli said.
Wednesday afternoon, Samwell was pulled over for speeding on Route 17 North by Mahwah Police Officers Richard Albro and Daniel Stewart, police said. Samwell presented police with an ID card saying his name was Otis E. Adams, Batelli said.
According to Batelli, “Albro had doubts about [Samwell’s] true identity,” and when questioning him, “Samwell suddenly ran from the scene across all six lanes of Route 17 nearly getting struck by a vehicle as he crossed the highway busy with 4th of July holiday traffic.”
Stewart chased Samwell across Route 17 and up Corporate Drive, Batelli said. Nearby agencies and the Bergen County K-9 unit were called in to search for Samwell after he ran into a wooded area off Corporate Drive, police said. The K-9 unit, led by Bergen County K-9 officer Les Lorenc, “tracked Samwell to the site of the Hampton Inn Hotel where he was located in the garbage dumpsters and placed under arrest,” Batelli said.
Samwell continued to insist he was Otis Adams, and resisted getting his fingerprints taken, Batelli said.
Samwell was charged with hindering apprehension, resisting arrest/eluding a police officer, and obstructing administration of law, police said.
Samwell was transported to the Bergen County Jail. According to Batelli, no bail was set because of the outstanding warrant from NY.