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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Bergenfield man fought with a Palisades Interstate Parkway police officer who caught him smoking pot at the Rockefeller Lookout in Englewood Cliffs before he was taken into custody just after midnight today, authorities said.

Officer Joseph Villone was conducting a routine check of a parked vehicle when he smelled burning marijuana and saw 23-year-old Bernard Sevilla toking up, Police Chief Michael Coppola said this morning.

“I’m not getting out,” Coppola said Sevilla told the officer after he was ordered out of the car.

Villone ordered him out again, “at which point he began to destroy the evidence,” the chief said.

A struggle ensued when the officer tried to pull him out, he said.

Additional PIP officers arrived, along with those from Englewood Cliffs and Port Authority police.

Villone sustained minor hand injuries, Coppola said.

Sevilla was being held on $9,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with resisting arrest, hindering, obstruction, possession of marijuana, hash an ddrug paraphernalia, being under the influence of drugs and improperly disposing of a lit object.

His vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant after he refused consent, the chief added.


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