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Court Papers Charge Flemington Man with Assaulting Officers

After a dramatic take-down at Hillsborough's busiest intersection, man faces counts of resisting arrest, eluding police and aggravated assault.

Paul Starosciak, 60, of Flemington, was charged with assaulting officers, resisting arrest and eluding police after a chase on Route 206 that ended in a dramatic take-down by police, Wednesday.

According to a complaint filed in Superior Court Thursday, the incident started when a 2007 Infiniti SUV driven by Starosciak cut-off a Hillsborough police car driven by Ofc. Richard Yock at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, near the Belle Mead Garage.

Yock said he turned on his lights and siren and Starosciak suddenly hit his brakes in traffic, causing the police officer to quickly pull off the road to avoid hitting him.  Starosciak then allegedly sped away, with Yock in pursuit.

Starosciak then pulled over near the Audio Cafe, but took off again as Yock was exiting his vehicle. He pulled over again further north on Route 206, but reportedly began cursing and threatening the officer when Yock approached his vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Yock tried to open the door of the vehicle to turn off the ignition, and said Starosciak struck him—at which point, Yock said he told Starosciak he was under arrest and sprayed him with pepper spray.

Starosciak took off again, police said, this time nearly hitting another police vehicle at Hillsborough Road. According to Yock's statement, he did not catch up to Starosciak until he reached Amwell Road, where he found Starosciak engaged in fighting with officers Richard Stellitsch and another police officer.

Witnesses at the crowded intersection reported seeing the officers making several attempts at getting Starosciak to step out of his vehicle. According to one witness, officers broke the window of his SUV and had to pull him from the vehicle.

He was taken into custody and has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, eluding police and resisting arrest. He was released on $15,000 bail, with a 10 percent cash option.
Travis Pewitt January 10, 2014 at 07:09 PM
It's spelled "Infiniti"
John Patten (Editor) January 10, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Thanks--it's been corrected.
tr January 12, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Gee! It only cost $1500.00 to beat up a couple of Hillsborough Cops and end up sleeping comfortably in your own bed that night laughing about it??? Gee, for bragging rights it may be worth the money to a young punk gang member who has lots of drug money to spend? This was a BAD precedent to set. In the old days this jerk would have ended up in Somerset Hospitals ER due to falling down the stairs, six times, at the police station. These Judges, Town Prosecutors, and their buddies, the attorneys, are ruining our society having any respect for authority and the rule of law. Our society is falling apart and these greedy bastards continue to make money from criminals. Those who we should honor are disrespected and under appreciated, whether they be soldiers or law enforcement. Maybe it is time to buy strong ropes and look for good trees and take care of the business of justice ourselves? Only my opinion.

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