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Toms River Man Charged With Dragging Brick Police Officer, Resisting Arrest

Man also led police on high-speed chase, cops say

A Toms River man dragged a Brick police officer with his pickup truck, then led police on a high speed chase before being located near an entrance to the Garden State Parkway, authorities said.

The incident began at about midnight April 18, when Ptl. Mark Nixon attempted to pull over Ronald C. DeFreitas, 36, who was driving a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck, Sgt. Henry Drew said.

DeFreitas was suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but as Nixon, with the assistance of Sgt. John Talty, Jr., attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant, DeFreitas reached to put the vehicle in drive and flee from the scene, Drew said. Nixon reached in to prevent him from doing so, but DeFreitas was able to put the vehicle in gear, then rapidly acclerate across the parking lot of Drum Point Elementary School – where the traffic stop had taken place – dragging Nixon, who had latched on the driver's side door.

DeFreitas traveled for approximately 250 feet at a high rate of speed, Drew said, dragging Nixon, then made a sharp left turn which caused the officer to be thrown onto the pavement.

DeFreitas then drove over a curb and across the grass of school property before fleeing eastbound on Drum Point Road.

Despite his injuries, which included a fractured rib, Nixon, along with Talty, returned to their vehicles and started looking for DeFreitas, who was eventually located by Ptl. Anthony DeMaio.

DeMaio attempted to pull DeFreitas over, but instead he began to lead DeMaio on a high speed chase eastbound down Mantoloking Road.

"A lengthy pursuit through multiple jurisdictions ensued," said Drew, reaching speeds of 90 m.p.h.

Eventually, Brick officers called off the pursuit and alerted neighboring agencies to be on the lookout for the F-150, Drew said.

Lakewood police eventually found the truck unoccupied off Airport Road, and a search of the area led police to discover DeFreitas near an entrance ramp to the Garden State Parkway.

"DeFreitas resisted arrest, however was placed into custody without further incident," said Drew.

DeFreitas is now lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bail. He has been charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer; aggravated assault; aggravated assault by auto; eluding; resisting arrest; and multiple motor vehicle charges.

Nixon was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he was treated for multiple abrasions, a fractured rib, sprained knee and a bruised elbow.

An ongoing investigation is being conducted by Ptl. Jay Lampiasi of the Brick Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit along with the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.

Additional charges are pending, Drew said.

Anaconda May 01, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Using vulgar language only shows your lack of intelligence. Crazy... do choose to "defend" your friends but the ONE DAY they do kill someone due to their own stupidity and careless acts, lets talk. Not sure you would feel the same way as you do through your comments. FACTS are that Ron dragged the police officer that night and made a quick left turn throwing the cop off his car at rapid rate of speed. SENSELESS. Your defense means absolutely NOTHING to this scumbag. Not Judging, just clearly understanding the facts. No excuse for ANYONE to elude law enforcement. Clearly this family shows no respect for law or ANYONE in that matter.
Anaconda May 01, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Just questioning... should you also be held accountable for doing a horrible job "helping" your friends like what REAL FRIENDS are supposed to do? Probably not. So saying "some need more help then others to help make the better choice and that's what real friends are suppose to do" is a statement of guilt or something like that? Nothing you can do to help your friends make better choices because in the end they are going to do what they want in the end anyway. Just a word of advice... Dont hold yourself accountable unless there really was something you could do to help someone that didnt want to help themselves.
crazy!!!! May 01, 2013 at 08:12 PM
so lack of intelligence you call it..... call it whatever you want but I am NOT delusional.... I never once said what he did was right.... I never once said I agree with what he did.... what I did say is when Ron is clean thats the person I know him as a good person.... when he's not clean I do not hang out with him.... I've never been in trouble with the police or ever had them involved in my life I've never done a drug I don't drink and I am a good person..... Ron knows he's wrong he will be incarcerated for a very long time for what he did.... his family his friends we all agree he belongs there.... for his actions.... however to bring his son and his personal life into this is none of anybody's business... and for his brother yes he was in trouble in the past and he's a good person and you will never hear of him in trouble again.... so its not a lack of intelligence.... when ron is wrong I tell him he's wrong when he's right I tell him he's right.... by far do I agree of what he did it was wrong..... so before you start to pass judgement on me... I'm not like him and I never will but I am his friend and no matter what will be... as I said we live two whole different lifestyles.... but this is not the Ron I know.... that's what I said now that I've made myself clear thank you.... and I am done with this patch I think it's full of drama....
Steve May 01, 2013 at 08:21 PM
His history shows him in trouble multiple times. MULTIPLE!! Not once. This guy never learns & I don't care straight or drugged & drunk, he's a scumbag. You are looking at him as someone you know, not as the POS he is. You are JADED. The guy keep getting into trouble over & over & over. You choose not to see it, that's on you but any sensible person would see this person you keep telling us is such a good person has no concern for anyone but himself. He has a kid, his mother has to raise the kid because he is such a POS. Look at him for what he is, not what you want to believe he is.
John V May 02, 2013 at 11:36 PM
First off, this entire post is one run on sentence. Next, "..." is usually placed in writing as meaning a trailing thought for the reader to fill in the blanks, not as punctuation. It is not a substitute for a period or a comma. Your obvious lack of comprehension of grammar means that your teachers at TRS did not do a very good job. Either that, or twitter and texting has just rotted your brain, which judging from the youth today is the more likely culprit .

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