Authorities: Driver who dragged officer turns himself in
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A man who allegedly grabbed a police officer’s tie and dragged him while fleeing a traffic stop has turned himself in.
South Brunswick police say 46-year-old township resident Alan Fratello Jr. surrendered Wednesday at police headquarters, a day after the traffic stop occurred in the Middlesex County community.
Authorities say Fratello was stopped for erratic driving on Route 32 east. They say he pulled Det. Eric Tighelaar’s necktie when the officer approached the car and then began driving away.
The detective had to briefly run alongside the vehicle before he freed himself. Tighelaar wasn’t injured.
Fratello is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and eluding. A woman who was in the car with him is also being sought.