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Englewood police taser man who bit officers after taking woman, daughter, infant granddaughter on drunken car ride

Photo Credit: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Englewood man who was drunk when he took a woman, her daughter and granddaughter on a wild car ride against their wills had to be tasered when he fought with police who arrested him, authorities said.

The 40-year-old woman told police that she, her 14-year-old daughter and one-month-old granddaughter got into the car on their way to a dinner outing with family and friends, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.

Suddenly, Francisco Javier Salazar-Ormaza hit the gas and sped off, driving recklessly, she said.

The woman said she smelled alcohol on his breath and demanded he stop, which he did.

He then drove off — only with a cellphone that the trio had inexplicably left in the car, Torell said.

Police pinged the phone to Salazar-Ormaza’s Oakland Street home and found the vehicle in his driveway, the captain said.

“When the officers attempted to placed him under arrest, he fought violently – punching, kicking and biting at all of [them],” Torell said. “Additional police units were called in to assist and the suspect was tased and brought under control.”

Three officers and Salazar-Ormaza were treated at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for a variety of bumps, bruises and scratches — as well as bites sustained by the officers, he said.

Salazar-Ormaza was being held on $302,500 combined bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with:

three counts of criminal restraint;
three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer;
two counts of child endangerment;
one count each of resisting arrest and obstruction.


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