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Cliffside Park Police Sergeant Chases Down Driver, Seizes 10 Pounds Of Pot

Darling Read
Darling Read Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy CLIFFSIDE PARK PD

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. -- A Cliffside Park detective sergeant seized 10 pounds of marijuana from a Bronx driver he chased down nearly four blocks on foot following a routine traffic stop, authorities told Daily Voice on Monday.

Detective Sgt. Michael Giampietro stopped the Nissan Altima on Anderson Avenue at Dorincourt Road in Fort Lee on Sunday night for having tinted windows.

While speaking to the driver, 28-year-old Darling Read, he said, he "detected the odor of raw marijuana" coming from a garbage bag in the car.

Ordered out of vehicle, Read suddenly sprinted off, the sergeant said.

"Both Read and I sustained minor injuries" after he struggled briefly following a foot chase, Giampietro said.

Both were taken to Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck and were released soon after, he said.

Police seized the pot and had the car impounded.

A judge, meanwhile, ordered Read held in the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute the drug.

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