A Newark man is facing multiple charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer who was trying to arrest him early Tuesday.

The incident happened just after midnight when an officer saw a car driving on Casho Mill Road without its headlights on and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The driver continued onto Elkton Road and O’Daniel Avenue, where he got out of the car and ran, discarding a bag of heroin and crack cocaine along the way.

The officer gave chase, tackled the driver and struggled with him on the ground.

During the struggle, the officer suffered a cut to his hand, and some of his equipment was damaged, Rubin said.

The driver, 26-year-old Javon Harding, was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, possession with intent to deliver drugs, disregarding a police officer’s signal, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and traffic violations.

A judge gave him unsecured bail for the current charges, but he was jailed on an unrelated capias.

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