Police Say Man Fought With Officers During Traffic Stop

The suspect, 23-year-old Lawrence Township resident Scott Avellino Jr., is believed to have been under the influence of a psychedelic drug when he fought with officers after they stopped his vehicle for driving through a red light, according to police.

A Lawrence Township man was arrested after he allegedly fought with police officers just minutes after they stopped his car because he drove through a red traffic signal about 12:20 a.m. last Friday (Jan. 18).

The suspect, Scott Avellino Jr., 23, of Lake Drive, was charged with resisting arrest, driving under the influence, obstructing, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a half-dozen other offenses, according to township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.

He said Officer Daniel Gladney initiated the traffic stop after he observed Avellino disregard a red light at the intersection of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) and Whitehead Road.

Avellino initially did not stop his vehicle and instead continued to drive slowly along Brunswick Pike, Ubry said. Finally, he said, Avellino stopped his vehicle in the left southbound lane of Brunswick Pike near Maplewood Avenue.

Avellino was “argumentative” with Gladney and attempted to walk away from the officer after he was ordered out of the car to perform some field sobriety tests, Ubry said.

Gladney grabbed Avellino – both to prevent him from leaving and to keep him out of the other lanes of travel, Ubry said.

At that time, Avellino began to fight with Gladney and other officers who had arrived on the scene, Ubry said. Based on Avellino’s actions during that fight, and subsequent investigation, he said, police believe Avellino at that time was under the influence of a psychedelic drug known as 2C-I.

It was a dangerous situation, Ubry noted, because the struggle took place in the middle of the roadway late at night. Knowing that they or Avellino could be hit at any moment by an approaching vehicle whose driver might not see them, he said, the officers quickly subdued Avellino and took him into custody.

Avellino was then taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in the scuffle, Ubry added.



Blueline January 24, 2013 at 07:15 PM
And that my friends is what your face SHOULD look like when you resist arrest. Next time though, he should have 2 matching raccoon eyes.
Identical Symbol January 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM
What a stupid comment Blueline. Hopefully you are not an officer and if you are let us pray that you work elsewhere, We all get it that fighting with the police is wrong, especially in traffic. Even with that said, your comment is quite childish and ridiculous. I'm sure the officers used the means necessary to subdue this troubled man and while his injuries where caused by his own behaviors, I am sure injuring the man was not the officers objective.
Blueline January 25, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Identical, your comment makes no sense and is ridiculous in its own right. Of course they used necessary force and idiotic or not, I'm GLAD to see his face all busted up. And yes, I think he deserves worse. YOUR idiotic thinking is why cops nowadays generally under react and get themselves hurt. Cops need to stop pandering to these scum bag pieces of trash and treat them how they deserve to be treated. In every encounter, an officer must be thinking in his/her mind the following: IN WHAT WAY WILL I KILL THIS PERSON !!! That my identical friend, is the mindset that saves peoples lives. If you feel any other way, please feel free to go back to watching TV where the good guys generally always make it and the bad guy gets caught at the end of the hour.
Identical Symbol January 25, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Like I said hopefully you do not work in Lawrenceville. Your comments are disturbing. The officers I know are much more professional and don't speak like you. Whether it is the way they think or not, they don't share it like some TV series hero like you. When they are in the heat of the moment I would expect them to use any means necessary to go home safe but your comments are overboard. At least try to spread the image that your somewhat compassionate to the citizenry of this town. If you are an officer I wonder how you passed a psychological exam. Grow up and have a bit of respect.
Cowboy January 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM
HAHAHAHA.Got what he deserves." Supid is as supid does" Forrest Gump.
2big kp January 25, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Good job Dan glad to see all involved r in good shape.
Sebre January 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM
They stopped this guy right next to my house and i saw everything that happened. He wasnt resisteng and i saw that he was just talking to them outside the car and next second all i see is 5-6 cops jump on him from nowhere and handcuff him and start beting him . Police brutality.
no outlet January 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM
(sebre). Spreading false information can be a crime. If your a witness you should contact the prosecutors office. If your a troublemaker spreading false information you should be cautioned that your teetering on violating the law.
Blueline January 26, 2013 at 03:29 AM
For clarification purposes to those that either didn't click on the link for 2C-1 or did and didn't understand what the information meant let me explain in simple terms. This guy was taking Bath Salts. The same stuff that made major headlines numerous times last year for people EATING OTHER PEOPLES FACES OFF. People under the influence of this stuff have absolutely no recollection of what they are doing and are extremely dangerous. They have no fear and feel no pain. He could have just as easily have killed one of those fine officers. If there was 5-6 officers there, believe that sometimes it takes that many to subdue a person like this. Don't let size fool you.


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