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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.

Angelo April 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Frank, do you really believe everyone here lives in a ivory tower and drug abuse of friends or family members has never touched us? People have problems yes, that is understood. But we all have the ability to control how WE react to what happens to us. This guy is not a victim, he's a career criminasl that has been in trouble over & over again. He himself has SOLD drugs & has been or is the same kinda guy you want to blame others for him becoming. Sooner or later, friends or not, we all have to stand on our own two feet & make decisions. Ronald has a history of bad decisions. The other night is just a long line of bad decisions. You & the other defenders of him are not doing this guy any favors by sticking up for him. Babying him & saying the poor guy has a drug problem & the things he's done are not his fault are the reason he is what he is. If you were really his friend you would make him take responsibility for his actions & tell him, get yourself out of this & then keep your nose clean. Everyone has been touched by drug abuse to friends or family members, doesn't mean they deserve or are served by making excuses for them. This dude never seems to learn & you all trying to help him hasn't made a difference! He need to grow up, take responsibility for being a screw up & get it together. The only person that can do that & help him do that is HIM!!
Angelo April 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM
If you look at the link above, he's been having problems since the early 2000's. He still "just having a bad time huh?" We are all someones son, that doesn't mean we keep making excuses for long histories of bad behavior. The guy is a career screw up that never seems to learn his lesson. Drugs or not (and he's been involved with others having a drug problem as well since he's sold drugs), stop telling others that this guy is misunderstood & deserves sympathy for being someones son. LOL Grow up dude & become a man is what his friends need to tell him. What if he killed that cop the other night? Would you all still be here telling us he's someones son??? So are all criminals, BIG DEAL.
makes me sick April 26, 2013 at 01:07 PM
NOT that Brick is perfect... we have our issues.. BUT really tired of scum coming into Brick committing Crimes... giving us a higher Crime rate from people Not even from our town.....
Anaconda April 26, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Relieved that the police officer is ok. This is the problem with this world today is blaming someone else for the issues of the actual person who did the wrongs in the first place. We all make our beds and sleep in them. The ONLY one to blame is the person who got involved in the crime to begin with. WE ALL MAKE CHOICES and if we choose to be the scum on the streets, that is YOUR CHOICE. Its such a cop out that society or employers wont give these people a second chance, I know someone who has completely turned his life around from DRUGS and CRIME and took the help he needed. He has a full time job and bought a home as well as getting married soon to the woman who put her hand out to help him. This guy seriously injured the police officer that night who may have his OWN FAMILY to go home to. Im sick and tired of people not taking responsibilities for their own actions. Our generation has created MONSTERS who MOMMY AND DADDY did everything for these Low Life Selfish ignorant beasts. G*D Help the next generation.
Laker April 26, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Oh geeze, I woke up this morning and made a CHOICE to get up and drive 50 minutes to work so I can pay my mortgage, elec, gas, and buy food for my family that includes three kids. Same CHOICE I make every morning for the last 12 years. To bad this loser low life made the CHOICE to be a druggie and hurt other people, HIS choice. Too freking bad!
Anaconda April 26, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Also need to state that drug use is an ADDICTION, not a disease. A disease is incurable. This scumbag put a lot of people in danger that night and I'm sure many times before. Get your heads out of your PATOOTY to those who say he may have been in a bad place that night. UGH. It's another excuse. He did the crime, he needs to do the time as well as getting help to treat his ADDICTION. I'm sure the corrections officers are having a field day with this guy. Serves him right.
hmh April 26, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Frank, Mark happens to be a very close friend of mine. He chose to become an officer and defend all of us. Do not sit here and ask us to feel bad for your friend. He could have killed mine! But of course, like so many in this sad society we live in, let's defend the weak and ignore those of us who do the right thing and live a productive life. Sickness or not, he chose to do drugs and that choice led to many poor life choices. Not my fault and def. not Mark's fault.
Andy Pat April 26, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Anaconda-"drug use is an ADDICTION, not a disease. A disease is incurable" Really?? The medical community is increasingly cognizant that addiction is a disease of the brain. We Cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of America's drug problem. You say you hope he gets treatment in jail. Yet others say he has been in and out of jail many times. I will not defend his violence. But we will never know if he really had access to comprehensive treatment in the past would this event never have happened. Drug Policy is a Public Health issue not just a Criminal Justice issue. Let's wise up and quit feeding the self-serving beaurocracy that is our Prison Industrial complex.
Anaconda April 26, 2013 at 09:12 PM
A disease of the brain? It's addiction. It's curable... Again its a choice. He could have seeked help, again a choice . Medical community may suggest its a disease but addiction is curable with will power. If this was his chosen path, I do not sympathize. No one forced him to take drugs an no one forced this garbage to steel... His own choice. Again let's fall back on blaming his parents or peers and shun or eyes on the real problem here. He is locked behind bars with my relief he can't hurt anyone else now but himself. Screw the medical community suggesting its a disease of the brain when it comes to addiction and crimes.
Steve April 27, 2013 at 03:44 PM
This guy is complete trash, a real POS.
Andy Pat April 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Ok Anaconda-throw him in jail and deny it is a medical problem. Taxpayer pays while he is in jail. Society pays upon his release. He comes back out of jail with the same addiction. Gets in trouble with the law. Back to jail. What a great public policy. Neither the individual or society benefits from this public policy that has proven itself a failure!
nik April 29, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Ill tell you what when I first met Ron .. I'd never go over there for more than a few hours at a time to visit a roommate. Just got a bad vibe from him.This is when Ron was clean for years. Some people never understood why I didn't care for Ron but now they understand why. Ron tried to be the tuff guy everyone was afraid to stick up too and I hated that about him. His own girlfriend of almost 15 years who he had a son with just died in November of a drug overdose a week after Ron got out of jail after doing quite some time and she was in treatment. She was a sweet girl and did a lot for Ron more than any woman should have done and he treated her like crap.I was told me many stories of him being unfaithful. Thankfully, Ron's mother has custody of his son now and I've heard he is doing great and hopefully won't follow in his parents footsteps.. Yes, his girlfriend was wrong but I have my beliefs that things happen for a reason. I feel the same way ...we all make our own choices in life.. I myself had struggled with addiction in the past and I've cleaned up my act especially since I myself have a husband and a child to care for and I do my 40+ hours every week and do what I have to do. I don't want to hear excuses for Ron, he knows better and should be a father to his son who needs him in his life. It really is such a damn shame when you resort to picking out used cigs from the ashtray at wawa...
crazy!!!! April 29, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Nik.......who are you??????
crazy!!!! April 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Who ever you are Nik!!!! Which IM sure u won't say who u r.....n it's very obvious you don't like him which is fine but to put,up his personal info out like that makes u look like a dirt bag as well.....for someone to tell the world of his EX that passed or his son......who r u to say Any of that shit....get a life n go work ur 40 plus hrs........like the rest of us....keep ur comments to urself IM sure ur not the best of person as we'll..... U seem to know to much.. you seem to be more spiteful then just talking shit.......
edward defreitas April 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Keep my nephew and his deceased mother out of this they had nothing to do with it its an unfortunate situation and hopefully all parties will "recover"
crazy!!!! April 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Agreed.. ;-)
Fedup April 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Seems, this family likes to run. http://www.dreamindemon.com/forums/showthread.php?5328-Edward-T-Defreitas-didn-t-want-his-mommy-to-know-he-was-drunk
nik April 30, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Listen..i do feel for ron amd alot of people are saying hes a dirtbag but they dont know the situation. I wasnt talking shit just stating facts so all partied that comment think befote they write. Calm down guys..no need for the defense..he should just stop and get it together instead of wasting his life away. He has potential but trust must be earned and when you are in the papers all the time its hard to want him around..he lost alot of good friends who would do anything for him..its all in his hands now.
Steve April 30, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Based upon Fedup's posted link. You should be proud Edward of your brother. Seems like both of you go around hurting others & then cry drugs & alcohol are the problem. Man up MORONS! Stop effecting other peoples lives with your LOSER behavor. Ed you could have killed either party with that stunt you pulled in 2008 & your idiot little brother could have killed that cop. Who ever crazy!!! is doesn't get it either. One of you two are going to kill someone...but you'll still cry nothing was either of your faults, it was the bartender or the dealer...not little Ronnie or little Eddie's fault. Never is!! Pathetic family with a history of pathetic behavior.
crazy!!!! May 01, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Id love to know who fedup is Cuz id love to post ur back round who the fuck would pull rons son his mother or Eddies back round in this fuck u all or has nothing to do with any of them how fucking dare any of you to do to any of this yes Ron was wrong n we no that however that is his brother no matter what.....so step back n think if it was ur brother.....we were all hopefully raised to stand up for family no matter what!!!!!! So back the fuck up......and Nik brown is or don't speak ur peace now......u said what u said ur no better....with ur past......no going back like ur the good guy now.......n Steve ya they might be crazy but you don't no them n Eddie is a great person n trust me they both did and have did their time for their wrong.....so they did man up.....he was,man enough to put his name out here so u no who he is I don't see any of us doing that now do we??????
crazy!!!! May 01, 2013 at 02:14 AM
And fyi Steve I do get it trust me....I've.never did drugs I don't drink n never have been in trouble in my life......but in my heart still I know how these two are.....maybe u don't get it....maybe you don't no what friends really are.....
NYC May 01, 2013 at 10:32 AM
agreed crazy
NYC May 01, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Nik.... maybe before you post you should have all the facts straight before you shout things out about another persons life, you should also take a good look in the mirror first.... It is amazing how people are so quick to be another persons judge and jury and go on simply what is printed in an article. What he did is wrong, absolutely 100% and we all make our own choices but some need more help then others to help make the better choice and that's what real friends are suppose to do.
Steve May 01, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Bottom line: Both of these "good friends" have almost KILLED others with their behavior. I don't care how much any of you "love" them or feel about them. You are looking at them with rose colored glasses. They are low-life scum that have no consideration or think about how they impact others with their behavior. Little Eddie almost killed that ambulance driver because he didn't want his mommy to know he was drinking. Little Ronnie almost killed a cop (and did hurt him badly) with his low-brow acts. You guys want to defend them, go ahead & look foolish. These are grown men, not kids. It's obvious they only care about them selves & Nik's post confirms this. This guys are career criminals & total scumbags. To keep telling people they do not know them is riduculous. We do not need to know them. We all know & grew up with scumbags like this, that keep getting into trouble & hurting others with their selfish behavior. They only care about themselves. Keep defending scum, keep making excuses for little Eddie & little Ronnie. They are low life losers that their history & behavior makes painfully clear to everyone but you 3 "friends". Ron didn't care about that cop, Eddie didn't care about both people he hit. I don't care about what you post defending them. POS SCUMBAGS is what they are!!
Anaconda May 01, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Nicely put Steve!
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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