Police captain accused of trying to run down councilman

Authorities have arrested a newly promoted police captain after they said she tried to run down a councilman in New Jersey’s largest city.

Irvington Police Capt. Monique Smith is charged with aggravated assault, stalking harassment, criminal mischief and weapons charges.

Newark police spokesman Sgt. Ronald Glover said in a statement the 43-year-old had confronted Newark Councilman John Sharpe James late Monday night. Glover said James drove off as Smith yelled at him.

Glover said Smith struck James’ vehicle several times before he arrived at his father’s home. James’ father is former longtime mayor Sharpe James.

It’s unclear if the councilman was injured.

Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss tells NJ.com Smith would be suspended without pay pending an investigation.

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