Cops Tangle with Unruly Father and Son
Two men arrested in incident allegedly fueled by alcohol.
Joshua Picariello, 23, of 6 Bagley Ave., Danvers, was arrested at his home Sunday night after reportedly leading officers on a chase through the neighborhood and charged with domestic assault and battery, assault and battery on an officer and resisting arrest.
One officer suffered an injury to his thumb during a scuffle and was sent to the hospital. Police said the victim was fine and was not hospitalized.
Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Bettencourt said officers were dispatched to the residence around 9:30 p.m. upon a report of an argument. The victim was allegedly thrown on the floor during the argument and Picariello then fled the house. Officers caught up with him nearby and after he was notified of his impending arrest, Picariello shoved the officers and fled toward home, according to police.
While officers were initially investigating the scene, the siblings' father, James H. Picariello, 54, reportedly became aggressive toward the officers but was calmed down – the first time. When his son was finally arrested out front after fighting with officers again, the elder Picariello waded in and assaulted officers as well, said Bettencourt.
James Picariello was then arrested for assault and battery on an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
"There appeared to be some alcohol involved," Bettencourt said, reading from the report and noting that the initial call for help indicated at least one person was intoxicated.