YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 23-year-old man went on a drunken tirade, stealing his girlfriend’s car, terrorizing a convenience store clerk, threatening to kill a police officer — and drinking water out of his cell toilet, New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro said late this afternoon.
Sgt. Daniel LaMorges and P.O. Nelson Perez went to a California Avenue home just before 1 a.m. today after the frightened girlfriend called to say he’d taken her car without permission, the chief said.
Perez was getting information from the woman as LaMorges tracked down the car a half-mile away, at a local 7-Eleven, Papapietro said.
Right about that time, New Milford police got a 911 call from a frightented clerk at the convenience store saying that the man “walked behind the counter demanding free food , placed his hands inside the register and threatened to assault the employee.
Perez was joined by there by P.O. Frank Haggerty and Oradell Sgt. Kevin Doyle, the chief said. They found the man — later identified as Michael Guzman of Fulton Street — inside his girlfriend’s car outside the store, he said.
The officers asked an apparently intoxicated Guzman for his license, registration and insurance ID card, then had to forcibly remove him, Papapietro said, adding that Guzman “began breathing heavily with his fists clenched yelling and verbally abusing the officers.”
He also “threatened to break the legs of the officers before killing them,” the chief said.
Getting Guzman into handcuffs was an ordeal that continued after he was put in the back of the police cruiser, Papapietro said: “He began kicking the doors and officers and was subdued after kicking Perez in the arms and chest. He threatened to kill the officer when he was no longer handcuffed.”
Perez sustained a knee injury in the tussle, the chief said.
Guzman kept on at headquarters, where, Papapietro said, he refused to acknowledge whether he understood his rights, “continued to curse and punch cell room walls and was observed drinking out of the cell toilet.”
New Milford police charged Guzman with DWI, reckless driving, resisting arrest and making terroristic threats. He posted $20,000 bail and was released this morning, pending a Muncipal Court hearing, the chief said.
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