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Parking Spot Spat Ignites Bat Attack, Responding Fair Lawn Officer Crashes

The other driver appeared fine. Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving
The crash occurred on Saddle River Road in Fair Lawn. Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving
The airblags deployed. Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

A Fair Lawn police officer sustained a minor head injury in a crash on his way to an incident Thursday afternoon in which authorities said a man arguing with a motorist over a parking spot hit him with a bat and then fled.

It began just before 12:30 p.m. when a 27-year-old Fair Lawn delivery driver parked his 2017 Subaru in a fire lane in front of his job at the East Wok Asian Restaurant on Prospect Avenue in Glen Rock, Fair Lawn Sgt. Brian Metzler said.

He was approached by another man, got into an argument, then moved the Subaru onto Prospect Avenue in Fair Lawn, Metzler said.

The other man twice left the scene but returned each time to continue the argument, the sergeant said.

The second time, he got out of his car with an aluminum baseball bat and struck the victim several times, he said.

The victim declined medical treatment at the scene, Metzler said.

His attacker, meanwhile, took off in a 2016 Dodge Ram that was later stopped by Glen Rock Police Officer Lucas Doney at Rock Road and Ackerman Avenue, Glen Rock Sgt. Robert Wojtecki said.

Doney took him into custody and recovered the bat.

Fair Lawn police then picked up both, Metzler said.

Among the responders was Officer Robert Manning, 46, who was headed north on Saddle River Road with his lights and sirens activated when his cruiser collided at Van Duren Avenue with a 2017 Lexus driven by a 65-year-old Wyckoff man, Metzler said.

The Wyckoff driver had made a left turn out of Van Duren Avenue in front of the cruiser and was struck from behind, the sergeant said.

The Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance took Manning to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

The other driver appeared fine.

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