Fugitive Rockland cop arrested in NJ

January 29, 2008 12:40:37 PM PST
A Ramapo police officer, out on paid injury leave since 1990, was arrested Tuesday.Authorities say 43-year-old James Curley was apprehended in a possibly stolen rental car on arrest warrants in Ramapo and several New Jersey communities.

Officers reportedly found rifles, ammunition, scopes, a ski mask and a bulletproof vest in the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu.

Officials had apparently been working for years to retire or dismiss Curley, who went on disability leave in 1990 with a sprained ankle and only returned to work for a short period in or around 1993 or 1994, according to the Journal News.

"He's wanted on four warrants in Ramapo courts seeking his arrest," Ramapo Detective Sergeant John Lynch told The Journal News. "He's accused of failing to show up in court and other charges."

Curley faces two counts of second-degree criminal contempt and two counts of bail jumping. A bench warrant was also issued for Curley's arrest in Suffern Justice Court on a charge of second-degree aggravated harassment.

Curley was stopped Friday night by Saddle River and Ramsey police officers, authorities said. He reportedly identified himself as a police officer and then attempted to escape.

"He ran from the scene and was arrested after a short pursuit," Lynch told the newspaper.

Curley was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, receiving stolen property and hindering apprehension or prosecution. He also was charged as a fugitive from justice based on the New York arrest warrants.

Authorities say Curley also was wanted in New Milford, New Jersey, on a property crime charge and with failing to show up in court.

He also had been charged in Emerson, New Jersey, with bail jumping after not showing up for court on a stalking charge and an accusation of violating a court order of protection, the Journal News reported.

Curley has reportedly been held without bail since Friday.