Birds of a feather . . . and other blotter news

By Karen Zautyk

Regular readers of the various police blotters will know that sometimes a routine traffic stop produces unexpected results. Such was the case when Nutley police pulled over a 1997 Nissan on Warren St. at 7:28 p.m. June 18 because the driver was not wearing a seat belt.
That driver reportedly gave a fictitious name, a ruse discovered when another officer arrived and recognized the motorist as one Emmanuel Opoku, 22, of Belleville, authorities said. He was arrested for hindering apprehension. And his three passengers were collared, too, since all were found to have warrants, police said..
They said one rear-seat passenger, Nile Wooten, 22 of Nutley, was wanted by Essex County and was turned over to their custody. Sharing the back seat was 21-year-old Raequel Perkins of Dover, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of West Orange, police said.
The front-seat passenger also gave a phony name, police said, but officers were able to identify her as Canei Miles, 21, of Orange, who had an outstanding warrant out of East. Orange. She also was charged with hindering apprehension.
All parties were released on their own recognizance after posting warrant amounts.

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