SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 28, 2013

Parking violation leads to arrest

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — BEVERLY — Police say a man who was parked in a handicapped spot while he was at The Pickled Onion on Tuesday night was arrested after he emerged from the bar to confront police about getting a ticket for the violation.

Jamial Saleh, 22, of 35 Burrill Ave., Lynn, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Around 9 p.m., an officer issued a ticket to a silver Mercedes-Benz parked in a handicapped spot in front of The Pickled Onion at 355 Rantoul St., Officer Dave Costa said in an email about the incident. The vehicle did not have a handicapped placard.

When the officer returned to the area around 11:15 p.m., he noticed that ticket on the windshield had been turned over. When he went to investigate, Saleh approached him and began “yelling and swearing,” Costa said.

At that point, Saleh was informed that his vehicle was going to be towed.

“Saleh continued his tirade as a crowd started to gather outside the bar, but then he went back into the bar,” Costa said. “After the other officer arrived on scene, both officers were standing in the street discussing the incident when Saleh emerged from the bar and came at the officers in an aggressive manner.

“Saleh came out into the street at the officers” and was told five times to get back on the sidewalk, but he refused to comply and was arrested soon thereafter, Costa said.

Police later learned that Saleh had also caused a disturbance in the bar, including “yelling obscenities to staff and patrons,” Costa said.

Police could have towed the vehicle to begin with, Costa said.