KPD: If the car’s a-rockin’ …

… cops may come a-knockin’.

You have been warned.

At 2 a.m. last Wednesday, March 29, Officers Michael Gontarczuk and Chris Medina were on patrol when they spotted a 2005 Lincoln Town Car with Florida plates parked in a “remote” area of Hoyt St. off Schuyler Ave.

The rear of the vehicle, police said, was “levitating up and down,” to the point that “the trunk hatch was actually flapping in the breeze.” Additionally, the windows were “heavily fogged.” (As one KPD source told The Observer: “Feel free to draw your own conclusions.”)

Police said Gontarczuk recognized the car as belonging to James Gelcius, 21, of Kearny, who was indeed sitting in the driver’s seat. Reportedly occupying the rear were Brendan McCall, 25, of North Arlington, and  Abigail Weinberg, 19, of Fair Lawn. Also in the rear, police said, the officers observed an uncapped hypodermic syringe, for which Gelcius reportedly took responsibility, and a wallet belonging to Weinberg, allegedly containing two more syringes and two empty wax folds with heroin residue.

Gelcius and Weinberg were each charged with possession of syringes and drug paraphernalia, and Gelcius also got a summons for having an unregistered vehicle. McCall was arrested on a $756 (full) Lyndhurst warrant for possession of a hypo.

In total, police said, three needles, two glass pipes, three empty wax folds, one pack of rolling papers and a 12-inch dagger were recovered in and about the vehicle.

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Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following:

March 23

At 10:30 p.m., at Kearny and Johnston Aves., Gontarczuk saw an illegally parked 1994 Acura with its high beams on and with an excessively loud exhaust pipe. When the car made a U-turn, Gontarczuk followed and, with Sgt. Jack Corbett and Officer Medina as back-up, stopped it just over the bridge in Harrison. Police said the odor of pot led first to the discovery of an empty plastic bag stamped with red lips and then to a marijuana grinder, a cigar splitter and eight (!) partially burnt pot cigars.

Driver Isaiah Hernandez, 19, of Elizabeth, was charged with possession of pot and paraphernalia, operating a MV while in possession of a CDS, and failure to dim his high beams in traffic.

March 25

Officers Jose Perez, Jose Castillo and Esteban Gonzalez responded to a 12:45 a.m. report of a hit-run crash on Highland Ave. near Woodland Ave. and arrived to find a heavily damaged, parked 2008 Nissan — along with an extraneous fifth wheel laying in the street. On Midland Ave., the officers then located a 2000 Audi that had only three wheels. Police said it also had a driver — Leandro Perez, 23, of Kearny — who smelled of alcohol and who failed field sobriety tests. He was given an Alcotest at headquarters and charged with DUI, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

March 27

At 1:20 a.m., at Kearny and Stewart Aves., Officers Mina Ekladious and Gonzalez pulled over a 2013 Chrysler with North Carolina plates and a plate violation, were met with an “overpowering odor” of weed, and in the car found a burnt marijuana cigar and an open container of Budweiser, police said.

Driver Guy Miller, 29, and passenger Dana Smith, 26 — both of the Bronx — were each charged with possession of pot/paraphernalia. Miller also received summonses for the plate violation, heavily tinted windows and operating a MV in possession of a CDS.

In a search incident to arrest, Smith was allegedly found to be in possession of a fraudulent N.J. driver’s license, a N.Y. State identification card bearing the name of another female, and an American Express card in yet another name. She was charged criminally with credit card theft and possession of a false government document, and she got a summons for the beer.

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At 6:45 p.m., Gontarczuk, with Officers Jonathan Dowie and David Bush as back-up, stopped a 2013 Dodge, reportedly with an expired temporary registration, near 20 Kearny Ave. In the vehicle, police said, were two ice-filled cups, an open bottle of Hennessy cognac and three partially burnt marijuana cigars. In a search incident to arrest, driver Danny Lazo, 30, of North Arlington, was allegedly found to be holding two vials of suspected crack cocaine, He was charged with possession of pot/coke/paraphernalia, possession of a CDS in a MV, operating a MV with tinted windows, and consuming alcohol in a MV.

March 28

Gontarczuk and Medina, patrolling on Schuyler Ave. near Radley St. at 1:40 a.m., observed a woman walking “dead center” down Schuyler, smoking a cigarette, as the traffic veered around her. When they intercepted her, she reportedly identified herself as Kimberly Burks, 33, “an FBI agent” from Newark. Asked again, police said she claimed to be “the Mother of the Universe.”

Since Burks apparently could document neither ID, but did have some type of bulge in her waistband, a pat-down search was conducted, revealing the bulge to be an 8-inch box cutter on a belt-type holster, police said. She allegedly also had a bag of suspected marijuana in her pocket. Given her bizarre behavior, police said, Kearny EMS took her to St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. The box cutter was entered into evidence. Meanwhile, she has been charged with possession of pot/paraphernalia and issued a summons for walking in traffic.

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Officer Patrick Becker, responding to a minor two-vehicle accident on the Belleville Pike at 6:30 a.m., determined that one of the drivers had a suspended license and a $5,000 drug-related Jersey City warrant, police said. Christopher Soto, 27, of Jersey City, was charged on those offenses and also with reckless driving and driving with a suspended registration.

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At  11 p.m., Gontarczuk and Officer Jason Rodrigues observed a 2010 Mercedes at the Pike and Schuyler Ave.,  “blinding oncoming traffic” with its high beams. Stopping it at Sellers St., they detected can-you-guess? – saw a pot-filled cigar wrapper on the center console and chunks of the drug on the lap of driver Andrew Nakhla, 21, of Bayonne, police said.

He was charged with possession of pot/paraphernalia, possession of a CDS in a MV and misuse of high beams.


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