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Man allegedly spits on Hackettstown cop after DWI arrest

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Cops charged a Newton man with DWI and assaulting an officer after he allegedly spat on an officer Tuesday.

At 8:11 p.m., a town officer was at a residence on the 300 block of Ashley Ave investigating an alleged assault, police said.

While the officer was speaking with Christopher Richards, 32, of Newton, NJ the officer observed him to be intoxicated, police said.

When the officer left the residence, the officer observed Richards driving out of the driveway with the driver side of the vehicle travelling on the grass, police said.

The vehicle then travelled down the wrong side of Ashley Ave. The officer initiated a traffic stop with vehicle on Franklin St, police said.

Richards was taken into custody and while in the back of the patrol vehicle, he took off his seatbelt and began kicking the windows, police said.

While waiting for an assisting officer in the parking lot of the police station, the officer began talking to Richards and that’s when he spit on the officer, police said.

Richards was charged with fourth-degree aggravated assault (spitting on the officer), disorderly conduct, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and supervision requirement for permit holder.

Richards was lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook