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Biker brouhaha in Nutley

A Kearny motorcyclist gave Nutley cops a run for their money in the early hours on March 21, police said.

Police said officers pulled over the biker as he was allegedly traveling at a speed of 60 mph in a 35 mph zone on Washington Ave. at 2:39 a.m.

As they spoke to him, police said the driver, Michael Stiller, 24, began shouting obscenities at them. Police said Stiller’s eyes were watery and smelled of alcohol. After backup arrived, police said Stiller continued cursing and threatening the officers.

After he allegedly ignored orders to desist, Stiller was placed under arrest, police said, and a search of the biker revealed a fixed blade knife within a sheath threaded to the back of his belt.

After Stiller was taken to headquarters and placed in a holding cell, police said Stiller kicked the front sliding cage door, causing it to bend to the point where it became unserviceable.

Police then moved Stiller to another cell where, they alleged, the prisoner stuffed the toilet with an excessive amount of toilet paper and repeatedly flushed it even after it started flooding.

When Stiller told officers he felt ill, police summoned Nutley EMS to headquarters but Stiller said he felt better and refused medical attention, police said.

Police charged Stiller with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of prohibited weapons/ devices, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He was also ticketed on these alleged violations: DWI, refusal to submit to a breath test, speeding and DWI within 1,000 feet of a school.

After posting bail, Stiller was released pending court dates.

In other incidents logged during the past week by Nutley P.D.:

March 21

A car dealership reported a theft at 2:02 p.m. The owner told police someone stole a temporary plate from a vehicle and later returned when the permanent plates were placed on the car. The owner reported that the vehicle’s owner received two summonses from EZPass for violations.

At 9:59 p.m. police went to a Passaic Ave. location on a criminal mischief report. A car owner told police they’d parked their car in the driveway and, upon returning, noticed that someone had thrown a large rock through the rear window.

March 20

At 6:52 p.m., a motorist told police they’d parked on Harrison St. and upon returning, found a large scratch across the tailgate.

March 18

At 8:42 p.m., a Kingsland Ave. resident reported hearing three loud bangs coming from outside their house. Exiting, the resident discovered someone had tossed three paint balls at the front glass door but no damage had resulted. A similar incident was reported at 3:24 p.m. on Kingsland, when a resident reported that someone had shot an orange paint ball at their front window.

Police received a report of a River Road burglary at 1:41 p.m. Upon arrival, a resident told police they’d heard a noise and, after coming up from the basement, spotted a man at the window and noticed that the window and screen had been forced open. The resident told police when he asked the man what he was doing, the man said he was looking for a friend but then ran through a courtyard. Another resident told police the man left in a black or blue Ford sedan. Both residents described the man as black, in his early 30s, wearing black pants, a black winter vest and red wool hat. Police searched the area to no avail.

March 17

At 8:40 a.m. a motorist reported someone had thrown eggs at the rear and passenger side of his vehicle while it was parked in a driveway on Mapes Ave.

March 16

A Rhoda Ave. resident called police at 11:02 p.m. to report someone had egged their car. The resident told police it was not the first time their car had been vandalized this way. Another Rhoda Ave. resident reported their car was egged and scratched in two places on the driver’s side while it was parked on the street the prior night.

At 12:19 a.m. the owner of a vehicle parked on Walnut St. told police someone had driven by and thrown a rock at the rear window of their car while it was parked in the driveway, shattering the window and causing $600 in damages. Later in the day, the victim told police they found rocks under the front window of their home and dents in the siding of the house.

At 3:01 a.m. police responded to a motor vehicle accident at Union and Hancox Aves. where they saw a vehicle that had driven off the roadway striking a stop sign. Police arrested the driver, Jonathan Cepeda, 24, of Nutley, and later released him pending a court appearance.

—Ron Leir

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