YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A repeat offender with an acknowledged drug problem was caught by Cliffside Park police after a resident called to report that he was breaking into cars.
Dispatched to Clark Terrace on Monday afternoon , Sgt. James Giughini stopped Jason Morin, a known offender who fit the description given by the caller, on nearby Fulton Terrace, Cliffside Park Detective Sgt. Sean Mac Kay told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Giughini brought him back to Clark Terrace, where the witness said Morin got into through the unlocked driver’s side door of a 2011 Jeep Liberty and later walked east on Commercial Avenue.
Having found Morin carrying loose change and a BP gas card taken from the vehicle, Patrolman Chris Neary attempted to put Morin into handcuffs when he shoved the officer and ran east on Clark Terrace, Mac Kay said.
Patrolman Ralph Marciano joined the two other officers in chasing Morin, who fell through a fence he apparently tried to climb on Commercial Avenue.
Bail was set for Morin at $30,000 before he was taken to the Bergen County Jail. That was increased to $80,000 because the arrest constituted a parole violation.
Morin is charged in the Cliffside Park case with automobile burglary, theft, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest (for damaging the fence).
MUGSHOT: Courtesy CLIFFSIDE PARK PD
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