TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A captain for the Tiverton Fire Department was arrested over the weekend after being accused of grabbing another man by the throat.
The incident occurred while both the Tiverton Police and Fire Departments were on the scene of a motorcycle accident Saturday night. According to a police report, responding officers called for a tow truck from Tiverton Auto Body to remove the motorcycle.
Once the tow truck arrived, police said the truck’s passenger, Christopher Perry Jr., noticed the grass was too soft for them to drive on.
The police report said Perry Jr. had the driver of the truck, Christopher Perry Sr., back the vehicle a couple of feet onto the lawn where the crash took place.
According to the police report, as Perry Jr. was walking with the winch line towards the bike, Tiverton Fire Captain Craig Committo asked him, “Why don’t you back all the way up to the bike?”
The police report said Perry Jr. ignored Committo’s comments and continued to work on the bike.
As Committo kept criticizing the way Perry Jr. was towing the motorcycle, the police report said Perry Jr. looked at Committo and said, “If you think you can do a better job, go ahead fat a**.”
According to the police report, an irritated Committo walked quickly towards Perry Jr. and grabbed him by the throat. Perry Jr. later told police that Committo squeezed his throat for about 3-5 seconds.
Two police officers that were on scene stepped in to stop the confrontation and as they were separating the two, the police report said Committo told Perry Jr. that when he got off duty, he would, “finish (it) then.”
More than an hour later, the police report said Perry Sr. and Kelly Perry visited the police station to file a complaint against Committo. Perry Jr. was called to the station and both he and his father filled out a witness statement.
Though both Perry Sr. and Jr. did not want to press charges, Committo was still charged with disorderly conduct since the incident was committed in the presence of police officers and other witnesses.
Committo will be in court later this month.