When a Nutley man pretended to be a cop by pulling someone over on the Garden State Parkway last week, he probably couldn’t have chosen a worse victim. That’s because on Dec. 21 at 7:15 p.m., Richard Goldrick, 68, of Nutley, a civilian, attempted to pull over off-duty Woodbridge police Sgt. Charles Stab, according to the N.J. State Police.
The following is a description the NJSP gave of the incident:
Goldrick was driving a 2013 black Chevy Suburban, pulled behind Stab near Parkway mile marker 116 north and activated emergency lights. Thinking he was being stopped by an undercover vehicle, Stab, who was in his personal vehicle, pulled over to the right shoulder of the Parkway, the NJSP said.
Once both vehicles stopped, Goldrick shut off the emergency lights and immediately drove off, according to Stab. Knowing the incident was suspicious, Stab kept a mental description of the suspect and his license plate number, which he later provided to NJSP detectives.
On Tuesday, Dec. 22, Goldrick consented to an interview about the incident at the NJSP’s Holmdel Barracks. As a result of the investigation and interview, detectives seized a .22-caliber handgun, hollow point ammunition and fraudulent documents from inside Goldrick’s car.
Goldrick was charged with impersonating a police officer, possession of a weapon and possession of false-government documents and was remanded to the Monmouth County Jail in lieu of $52,000 cash bail, without a 10% option.