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Police: Arrested Man Kicks, Attempts to Urinate on Mahwah Cops

Man was initially arrested on DWI charges but is now facing aggravated assault charges, police say.

Sassaman. Credit: Mahwah Police.
Sassaman. Credit: Mahwah Police.

A Pennsylvania man is facing aggravated assault charges after allegedly kicking and attempting to urinate on Mahwah Police Officers while being apprehended in connection with a drunk driving incident, Mahwah Police Chief Jim Batelli said Wednesday.

According to Batelli, police responded to a call about a hit-and-run accident in which a driver struck a tree near Halstead Way Tuesday. When police found the car involved in the crash, its owner, Andrea D’Anton, 23, of Mahwah, first told police that she had been driving and lost control of the car, Batelli said. 

However, when police questioned inconsistencies between her story and that of accident witnesses, D’Anton admitted that her boyfriend, John K. Sassaman, 26, was driving, Batelli said.

According to cops, Sassaman, who is from Pennsylvania but is employed by a local supermarket, failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on DWI charges.

When cops in Mahwah found an outstanding warrant out of Bucks County, Pennsylvania for Sassaman’s arrest, they began to transport him to the Bergen County Jail, Batelli said. When removed from his cell in Mahwah, Batelli said Sassaman became “extremely combative and argumentative” and began arguing with officers.

“During the altercation he kicked Officer Jonathan Lange and was subsequently subdued by Sergeant Michael Blondin and Officer Matthew Lombardo,” Batelli said Wednesday.

“Once he was placed back in a jail cell he urinated on the floor in the cell and attempted to urinate on the officers all the while spitting in the general direction of the officers.”

Sassaman has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, disorderly persons offense, DWI, and four other motor vehicle violations, Batelli said. His girlfriend, D’Anton, was charged with providing false information to police and a motor vehicle complaint, police said.

you know March 27, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Blind love? C'mon Andrea, wake up, dump the loser and get a fresh start.
Rocky March 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM
What a great guy... too bad it ain't like the old days when the cops can take an CHOOCH like this and tune him up and give him what he deserves. Instead the system is more worried about the CHOOCH. That's liberalism.
Richard Levine March 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM
I wonder how and if this will be included in the so-called low crime statistics of this town. Can someone tell me?????????
jp1 March 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Let the police urinate on him.

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