EAST RUTHERFORD NJ Dec 20 2016 – A 23-year-old Hopatcong man was arrested on Saturday night after he allegedly tried to take a New Jersey state trooper’s firearm in an altercation at MetLife Stadium, authorities said Monday.
Daniel William Haines was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer after he scuffled with MetLife Stadium security and New Jersey state police at the Jets vs. Dolphins game, Sgt. Jeff Flynn said.
At approximately 9:35 p.m. state troopers came to assist MetLife security in taking Haines out of the stadium after he was reportedly “unruly and intoxicated,” Flynn said.
As he was being taken out, Haines was involved in a “physical confrontation” with the security officers, prompting the troopers to attempt to arrest Haines, Flynn said.
Flynn did not disclose details about the confrontation and added that it was still under investigation.
When the state troopers were trying to place Haines under arrest following the incident with the security officers, Flynn said, he attempted to take a state trooper's gun.
Haines was detained at the stadium and later sent to the Bergen County Jail, Flynn said. His bail was set at $25,000 with an option to pay 10 percent to secure his release.