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Fairview police say man caught with cocaine in car tried fleeing

Photo Credit: Courtesy Fairview PD

UPDATE: Fairview police today released additional details about the arrest of an unemployed borough man who first gave them a fake name and then tried fleeing when they caught him with a half-dozen small bags of cocaine.

As CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported last night, 31-year-old Wessam Constant was arrested after Officer Robert Sabatino spotted him sitting in a parked car with another man in an industrial section of Bergenwood Road, Chief Frank Del Vecchio said today.

As Sabatino turned his cruiser around to investigate, Constant pulled away, the chief said.

After the officer stopped the car, he said, Constant got out, “could not produce any identification” and gave him a a bogus name and birthdate.

Sabatino confirmed Constant’s identity — — who was arrested by Fairview police on drug charges only 10 months ago — and discovered outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions, the chief said.

As Sabatino went to arrest him, the 6-foot, 200-pound Kuwaiti native quickly got back into the car to try and drive away, Del Vecchio said.

But Sabatino and fellow Officer Sevan Kasparyan, who arrived as backup, grabbed him.

“Officers from surrounding jurisdictions  were called in for mutual aid assistance,” Del Vecchio said.

A body search turned up “a cracked glass pipe and six white folded packets of a white powdery substance stamped ‘GOOD LUCK,’ believed to be heroin,” the chief said.

Constant, of Henry Street, was being held on $30,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with resisting arrest and other offenses, pending a March 27 Municipal Court hearing.

Constant has arrests for several alleged offenses on his adult criminal record, including resisting, drug possession, driving while suspended and food stamp fraud.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy Fairview PD

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