Police searched the car and found marijuana, a hatchet, and sex toys, police said.
A Hudson County high school teacher was arrested Sunday night in Ridgefield Park after shoving a police officer in a parking garage, authorities said. Jean-Claude Santini, a teacher at Union City High School, is charged with resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, obstruction, and multiple drug offenses, Ridgefield Park police said. Silvia Abbato, Union City's superintendent of schools, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon confirming Santini has been suspended as a result of the arrest. Authorities were called to the area of the AMC movie theater to investigate a "suspicious vehicle" in the parking garage around 8 p.m., and found Santini inside the vehicle with a woman.
Santini was seen trying to hide something in the car when officers approached him, police said, adding that the woman fled on foot. Santini, 40, allegedly got out of the vehicle and shoved the officer up against another car.
The two wrestled on the ground until the officer was able to apprehend him, authorities said. Police searched the car and found marijuana, a hatchet, and sex toys, police said. The woman in the car has not been identified, cops added. "The district has not seen any police reports on this incident, nor have we been notified of this arrest by the Department of Education Criminal History Review Unit," Abbato said in a statement.
"Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned with the allegations and have decided to suspend the teacher until further notice." Caitlin Mota may be reached at email@example.com.
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