BAYONNE, NJ - A seven-year-old Bayonne boy who is said to have driven his two-wheeled, motorized, scooter off of a sidewalk and into a passing car set off a chain of events Sunday that ended in the youth’s father in handcuffs.
According to Captain Eric Amato, members of the Bayonne Police Department were called to the area of 24th Street at approximately 7:00 p.m. on a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle.
Upon arrival, police officers immediately began to disperse the large crowd that were observed arguing and fighting. As officers began separate all parties involved, Rene Ponce, 35, the father of the boy that ran into the vehicle, is said to have begun arguing with an occupant of the vehicle. At this point, the report states, Ponce became “increasingly upset over the incident and attempted to charge through the officers in an attempt to get to the vehicle's passenger.”
Officers were able to grab the man and take him to the ground to prevent any further altercation between the two parties before arresting Ponce for Disorderly Conduct. Ponce’s refusal to be handcuffed led to the additional charge of Resisting Arrest.
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