Three officers of the Port Washington Police Department, PO Tony Guzzello, PO Dennis Johnson and PO Brandon Veil, were injured while attempting to arrest a 16-year-old boy who resisted arrest and fought with the officers at the scene of a car accident on the southeast corner of Radcliffe Avenue and Soundview Drive. The incident took place on Saturday night, Dec. 2 at approximately 11:30 p.m. The young man was intoxicated, according to PWPD Chief William Kilfoil, citing court papers.
According to the narrative from the police department, a group of youths arrived at the scene and started to interfere with the rescue and ambulance personnel. A fireman told the youths to leave the area because they were interfering with the treatment of the aided and the rescue scene. Police state that the defendant then refused multiple lawful orders of the police officers to leave the area. The firemen on the scene assisted in keeping the other youths from becoming involved. According to police, while placing the youth under arrest, he obstructed and resisted and ultimately injured the three officers.
Officer Guzzello was treated for pain and contusion to his rib cage; Officer Johnson had pain and swelling in his left wrist, with a possible fracture and Officer Vail had pain and swelling to his left wrist and pain in his left knee. All three were treated at St. Francis Hospital.
The defendant was treated for minor injuries received while he was being handcuffed.
He is charged with three counts of assault, obstructing government administration and resisting arrest.
The driver of the car, an 18-year-old male, had six other youths in the car with him. He reportedly was traveling southwest on Radcliff Avenue and collided with curbing at the southeast corner of Radcliff and Soundview Drive. The car traveled over the corner, across Soundview Drive and collided with a guardrail on the west side of Soundview Drive. The vehicle went through the rail and fence of 39 Seaview Lane and came to rest against the house. The driver had facial injuries. The front-seat passenger had a broken arm. Two of the passengers in the back seat suffered head, neck and shoulder pain.
At this time, the PWPD cannot comment on the mental state of the driver because the cause of the accident is under investigation by the PWPD and NC District Attorney's office.
At the Dec. 5 board of education meeting, Board President Rob Seiden urged parents to use this as a cautionary tale with their children.