Things got a little out of control in Bayonne, New Jersey on St. Patrick’s Day when police responded to the Pair of Jacks Tavern at Broadway near 37th Street around 5 p.m. and had to disperse a large rowdy crowd outside the bar. During the process the police encountered the defendant, a local Bayonne resident, who had been denied entry back into the bar and refused to leave the area, according to police. The police placed the Bayonne man under arrest for disorderly conduct after he continued cursing and walked into traffic several times.
After being taken into custody, the defendant made things worse for himself when he decided to spit on officers who were processing him, police said. This made a bad situation even worse. The police tacked on several other charges including resisting arrest and four separate counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. To help put things in perspective – disorderly conduct is a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) while a charge for assault on a police officer is a form of aggravated assault which is a third degree felony indictable offense. This may have been a surprise to the defendant who didn’t realize that spitting on someone is actually considered assault. An act such as splitting which would normally only be categorized as a simple assault is upgraded to aggravated assault because it was committed against a law enforcement officer. The defendant was later released on his own recognizance with no bail. The defendant will most likely have to appear in Hudson County Superior Court for CJP to address his charges.