Monday, October 20, 2014
Morrisville man, 71, arrested twice in the same day for assault
Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014
A 71-year-old Morrisville man is accused of nearly running a motorcyclist off the road hours after allegedly assaulting a Salvation Army employee with a TV set.
Falls police say they first had contact with Edward Polski Jr. around noon Saturday after he was turned away while attempting to donate two large TV sets to the Salvation Army store on Lincoln Highway.
After being told by an employee that the store no longer accepts the type of TVs he had, Polski became enraged and starting yelling and cursing, police said.
“If you don’t want them, you can throw them away,” he allegedly told the employee before grabbing the TVs out of the back of his white 1994 Ford Explorer and throwing them on the ground. One of them hit an employee in the leg, according to a probable cause affidavit. It’s unknown if the employee required medical treatment. Polski then closed the SUV’s hatch and sped out of the parking lot, police said.
He was eventually arrested and charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, scattering rubbish and careless driving, processed and released, according to police.
About five hours later, Falls police responded to a report of a motorcyclist who said he was run off the road by a white SUV.
The motorcyclist told police he was traveling north on West Lincoln Highway when he crossed onto West Trenton Avenue at the same time the SUV pulled out of The Extra Space Storage parking lot and into the right lane of the roadway. Police said that Polski rents a storage unit at the business the 900 block of Lincoln Highway
The motorcycle had to swerve into the left lane to avoid an accident, police said. The motorcyclist claimed the SUV followed him at a “very close” distance until they came to a red light at Alden Avenue and stopped.
The SUV driver — later identified as Polski — then drove to the left of the motorcycle, to the point the driver had to jump off to avoid having his left leg crushed, police said. The motorcycle then fell on its right side and was damaged, police said.
Police said they checked the license plate numbers of the SUV given by the motorcyclist and another witness and found out it was Polski’s vehicle. The motorcycle driver was shown a photo of Polski and stated he was “95 percent” positive that he was the SUV driver who hit his motorcycle, police said.
Polski was arraigned Saturday before District Judge William Benz on aggravated assault, accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle or property and reckless driving stemming from the motorcycle incident. He is free after posting 10 percent of his $10,000 bail.