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Cops: Man Flees Crash Scene, Assaults Police

The following information was provided by the Washington Township Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A Long Valley man was arrested for assaulting two police officers after fleeing the scene of a car crash on Schooley’s Mountain Road Thursday, Lt. Doug Compton said.

Samuel Tawiah, 20, of Long Valley, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on police officers, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and hindering apprehension.

Tawiah had left the scene of a three-car accident, which occurred in front of the Schooley’s Mountain General Store Thursday at about 5:30 p.m., Compton said.

Officer Peter Cecere located Tawiah walking north on Schooley’s Mountain Road, Compton said, and approached him to see if he was injured from the crash.

Tawiah then assaulted Cecere, Compton said, and ran away, attempting to enter a car that was stopped on Schooley’s Mountain Road. Tawiah was unsuccessful and broke into a home nearby, Compton said. Cecere and the police department’s K-9 Kobe pursued Tawiah into the home, Compton said.

Sgt. Jeffrey Almer also pursued Tawiah, Compton said, and entered the home. Inside the residence, Tawiah continued to assault Cecere and assaulted Almer as well during a lengthy altercation throughout the residence, Compton said.

Tawiah was eventually subdued and arrested, Compton said.

The homeowner was in the house, Compton said, and remained upstairs during the altercation.

Tawiah was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Shikhar Mishra, 19, of Long Valley. Justin Abbate, 19, also of Long Valley, was also a passenger in the vehicle.

It was discovered at the accident scene that Mishra had disposed of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Compton said. The items were discovered by officers with the assistance of the Morris County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit.

Compton said it is unknown if Tawiah was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Cecere and Almer were treated at Hackettstown Medical Center and released. Cecere suffered a broken hand and Almer received injuries to his knee and thigh, Compton said.

Tawiah was transported to the medical center and treated for injuries to his legs and head, Compton said. Upon his release, he was transported to Morris County Correctional Facility and held on $50,000 bail with no 10-percent option.

Shikhar was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and obstruction. Abbate was charged with obstruction.

Cecere is expected to be out of work at least six weeks, Compton said, due to his broken left hand during the incident.

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MWM March 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Bravo LV PD! Speedy recovery to the Lt and Officer. Be sure to throw Kobe bone as well.
RK March 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
@ Kevin: The police officer broke his hand while in pursuit of Tawiah. Tawiah did not break the officer's hand, the officer fell while chasing him. @ Cyndi Allen: Centenary College is in Hackettstown and CCM is close by. Last week was spring break for CCM students.
track0x10 April 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I respect the officers and their willingness to serve the community and to put themselves in harms way. They are doing their job, and that is good. On the other hand, I knew Sam back in high school and he was a shy, nice guy. He did not do drugs back then, and he even associated himself with the kids who had no friends and were socially awkward. (How many of you really befriended kids who were "retards"?) He was an awesome musician & drummer, and probably still is. He was bedridden for many months (this past year) having been affected by lyme disease, and was unable to attend school. Now that he's well enough and back in school, he unfortunately got into the wrong crowd and found comfort in something that would destroy him (drugs). My heart goes out to the officers, and Sam- just because he made some bad decisions does not mean he is a bad person. Pray that he will correct his path and make good out of his life.
ME November 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM
your an idiot, this is a drug dog and since when is it ok to have a dog attack anyone cerce is supposed to be a professional and based on size alone should have been able to handel this better, kids in this area call him the ginger cop and there are negative stories and comments about him specifically, why is this, and now early retirement for a broken hand I certainly am skeptical about his behavior and would love to know the whole truth since when does leaving the scene of an accident warrant a beat down
Annonymous January 23, 2013 at 08:15 AM
I hope that ginger bitch doesn't come out of early retirement he sucks as a person

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