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Father and Son Who Allegedly Hit Jogger Charged with Assaulting Police

One police officer was hospitalized after a struggle with the men Sunday night.

A Westwood father and son, who are still awaiting trial for allegedly , were arrested again Sunday night after they fought police and sent one officer to the hospital, according to Police Chief Frank Regino.

Police received a call at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday that there was a dispute going on in a Fourth Avenue home. When a police officer arrived, 45-year-old Fred Verastegui and his son, 19-year-old Nicholas Verastegui, were "highly agitated," Regino said.

More police officers arrived and they attempted to separate the family members so they could determine what had happened, but the two men "became completely uncooperative and had to be restrained," Regino said.

There was a large party going on at a nearby home, so police were not sure who else may have been involved in the dispute. They called for back-up from surrounding towns.

Meanwhile, police ended up in "a big struggle with the father and son," which included Nicholas Verastegui kicking one officer in the neck, according to Regino. After the struggle, police handcuffed the two men. Both men and the injured officer were treated and released from area hospitals.

Both men were charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Nicholas Verastegui was released on $50,000 bail with a 10 percent option and Fred Verastegui was released on $25,000 bail with a 10 percent option.

The men were also charged in February for allegedly driving onto a sidewalk to hit a jogger with a car. According to police, Nicholas Verastegui had been in an argument with the jogger before he returned with his father and ran the man down, who was hospitalized with a broken collar bone. They , police said.

There has not yet been a trial for the hit-and-run incident and the men were apparently still out on bail, Regino said.

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The truth May 31, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I'm sorry I remember seeing all of you critics at the sense of both incidents! Maybe you should all go testify since you have nothing better to do with your time
Honest June 01, 2012 at 12:24 AM
There were 20 police officers on those two men she probably got kicked by one of her own men. But remember the westwood police department is so honest and do their job with ethic. What about the law suit they have against them for sexual harrassment. so dont judge anything. those two men are inicent until proven guilty. Which the law suit showed westwood police department was in the harrassment charges. so there.
Honest June 01, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I grew up in westwood and always thought the Police department had great officers. Now they are just a bunch of men on steriods with big egos. And that poor jogger has his mommy that works for the police department making them go after inicent people.
Wow. What a family. Does anyone hear banjos??????
Honest June 01, 2012 at 12:41 AM
a violent crimimal is someone who said they placed a bomb at westwood high school. thats a criminal trying to kill thousands of people.
Honest June 01, 2012 at 12:43 AM
At least they have a family that sticks together cant say that for much of you.
Honest June 01, 2012 at 12:44 AM
One day we will say the same about you. Dont judge what you dont know.
Honest June 01, 2012 at 12:47 AM
When you moved here
Honest June 01, 2012 at 12:50 AM
GET YOUR YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH... YOU ARE ONLY GOING BY WHAT YOU HEARD N READ ...TIME WILL ONLY TELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ouija June 01, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Yes, gotta love families that stick together. You know, like the Mansons.
concerned resident June 01, 2012 at 01:45 AM
The jogger has a mommy who works for the police department making them go after innocent people???? You sound so ridiculous! The kid went back and got his father after an altercation and they went after the guy...they were looking for trouble! And I'm sure the police didn't show up and start beating up on a couple of good guys not looking for any trouble. When the police show up it's time to shut your mouth and not cause any further problems even if you don't like how they handle the situation...that's just the way it goes. If not, you know what happens next. And Honest you sound like an uneducated moron...learn how to spell.
Honest June 01, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Like the Brady Bunch. But you wouldnt know that since your one of Mansons members you freak
Honest June 01, 2012 at 01:55 AM
get your facts straight before you speak. you werent there.
Westwood Resident June 01, 2012 at 03:06 AM
And you were? So why don't you enlighten us oh wise one..
mike johnson June 01, 2012 at 11:06 AM
someone tried to jump over the hood of the car... an boop....admitted it to... read report
Honest June 01, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Nobody was so how can you accuse peoole with out knowing
Honest June 01, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Say what you all want i know they sre innocent
Ouija June 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I think at this point - after the mangled spelling, taunting posts and angry retorts - that Honest is none other than one of those upstanding Verastegui men.
Harry June 02, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I'd love to meet you fred,you sound like such a sweetie.Me and my friends could introduce you to welcome home when you get out of jail
Harry June 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I love it WP you started my day off with a good laugh.
Harry June 02, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Medical reason??? You must be a politician.
Harry June 02, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Honest a kick to the neck or face isn't violent?
Honest June 03, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Now we gave hookers in westwoid great town
Common Cents June 03, 2012 at 03:29 AM
All a side, Westwood has proven that central dispatch and shared police services are the way to go. When the ref. dropped in the park at the game, if a central dispatch handled that call, emergency service would have been sooner. Cell phone calls usually do not go through the town you are calling from. Not having to patch thorough would have save time. With this little spat, if shared police service was used every available unit in the area would have been the know as it was happening. The time has come for the shared service thing and these two incidents prove it. Not to mention the elimination of about 80% of the "Ranking Officers" in the boroughs. The solution: 5 boroughs, 1 Chief, 1 Captian, 2 sergents per borough and the rest grunts. Cha Ching for the taxpayer!
Really Honest June 03, 2012 at 03:27 PM
After reading all of the comments that "Honest" has made I believe that there is something wrong with her/him! I understand that "Honest wants to defend the Verastagues but she/he is making their situation worse by her/his posts. You sound like a little child on the playground! You made a comment, "Get your facts straight, you werent there." Unless you are a family member, you werent there either! So this leads me to believe that "Honest" is a direct family member trying to save face for the family. Let the judicial system take its course and what happens at the end will be well deserved. I too know the family and am surprised by these actions but obviously Fred and Nick have some issues. Stop denying this Debbie! Get help immediately as they are embarrassing your family and community as well. Fred, stop being your childrens best friend and start being a father! Teach them whats right and wrong and not whats cool! In closing, please get spell check for your computer "Honest".
Really Honest June 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
What are you rambling about Common Cents? Thank you for taking the time out to plug a political commercial into this article!
sick and tired June 05, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I agree, these two are thugs and should be in jail. this is mother in major denial. wake up!!!
sick and tired June 27, 2012 at 05:00 AM
does anyone know when their court date is? These idiots should not be running around and especially driving around town, they belong in jail! They have been out free for months now and its totally absurd. Losers.
Westwood Resident June 09, 2013 at 04:54 AM
They got off easy. http://cliffviewpilot.com/westwood-father-son-get-brief-jail-terms-after-brawl-with-cops/
sick and tired June 09, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I agree, was this for both offenses? Or just the cop assault? They must have had a good lawyer because they deserve a lot more jail time, this is a crazy family that uses booze and or drugs! Look for more to dysfunction when they get out of jail! Maybe they will have to sell their boat that's sitting in the driveway to pay off lawyers!

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