PLYMOUTH - A Terryville man is facing charges for allegedly driving more than 50 mph on Route 72 with a man on the roof of his vehicle, taking a sharp turn at one point that jolted him off the car and onto the ground.
Ronnie Beaulieu, 19, has been charged with second-degree assault, reckless driving, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace.
On Monday, at about 5:41 p.m., police received multiple 911 calls about a person on the roof of a car driving south on North Riverside Avenue, also known as Route 72. One of the callers was Beaulieu, who said someone attacked him and jumped on the roof of his vehicle.
As police arrived, they saw a man thrown from the roof of a 2002 Honda Civic when it turned into the Terryville Post Office, according to the police report. The victim had cuts on his hands and knees. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace and taken to Bristol Hospital.
The man told police he approached Beaulieu while he was in his vehicle, with two other people in the car. The police report has been redacted to protect the victim’s identity. Also removed from the report is the relationship between him and Beaulieu, and what their confrontation was about.
While the man was speaking to Beaulieu, he began driving away, so he jumped onto the roof of the car. He told police he had no choice, as he thought he was going to be run over.
Beaulieu, the man told police, then drove away and began swerving and slamming on the brakes to get him off the car. He said he was driving more than 50 mph before he fell off the car near the post office.
One person in Beaulieu’s car estimated he was going about 40 mph, while the other guessed it was faster than 50 mph. They both said they were yelling for their friend to stop the vehicle, as the man on the roof could be hurt.
Beaulieu told officers the man tried to attack him when he approached his vehicle and started a confrontation, so he drove away, the report said. He didn’t stop the vehicle, fearing the man would “beat him,” police wrote in the report.
Beaulieu is free on a promise to appear. He is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on April 12.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.