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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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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