Bias Intimidation, Impersonating a Police Officer & DWI Arrests in Bayonne on Wednesday

Three separate arrests were made by the Bayonne Police Department on Wednesday, March 24.  According to Captain Eric Amato, 34-year old Krystal Ballance of Lexington Avenue in Bayonne was taken into custody at 11:30 a.m. from her residence on a warrant which had been issued for her arrest.

Amato says the warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred on March 16 at 9:40 p.m. when Ballance was involved in a motor vehicle crash which led to her arrest for disorderly conduct.  After Ballance refused to comply with the officer’s commands to cease her alarming and tumultuous behavior, she was arrested.  During that incident, she subjected the occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash with a racially charged and harassing verbal tirade, resulting in the charge of bias intimidation.

In the second incident, Amato says 52-year old James Post of Webster Avenue in Jersey City was taken into custody at 3:26 in the afternoon from Linden Street in Bayonne.  Post had two warrants issued for his arrest for two incidents involving the impersonation of a police officer.

Captain Amato says on March 5 at 9:43 p.m., and again on March 21 at 8:07 p.m., a male, later identified as Post, placed phone calls to the Bayonne Police Communication Center stating that he was a police officer. His call on March 5 involved him providing false information regarding a wanted person. The second call involved him requesting backup assistance for the Jersey City Police Department, prompting an immediate response for assistance from the Bayonne Police Department. That request was soon determined to be false, according to Amato, and an investigation led to Post being charged with impersonating a police officer and false public alarms.

Regarding yesterday’s third incident, Amato says 40-year old Mark J. Hoffmann of West 17th Street in Bayonne was taken into custody at 11:24 p.m. for driving while intoxicated in  the area of Andrew Street and Broadway.

 

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