Cops, Courts and Fire

Federal Agent Helps Break Up Road Rage Fight

Credit: Veen Huffnagle

An off-duty federal agent ended up breaking up a fight between two motorists in Newtown Township Tuesday evening.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in plain clothes stumbled upon two men in a physical altercation in the area of Richboro Road near Mill Pond Road around 5:45 p.m. while on his way home from work. The agent turned on his police vehicle’s lights and jumped out to break up the dust-up, said Newtown Township Police Chief Rick Pasqualini.

Around the same time, a 9-1-1 call about the dispute went out to township officers who rushed to the scene and found the ICE agent was detaining one of the subjects, Pasqualini said.

The road rage incident started in Northampton and spilled into Newtown Township when the two men stopped their vehicles and got out near Newtown Crossing, police said.

Pasqualini told that a 9-1-1 caller reported some concern when they saw the ICE agent with his weapon. He said the caller likely thought the plainclothes lawman was one of the subjects involved in the dispute.

Police said in a statement that one of the men was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown for an evaluation and the other went to the police station to give his side of the story.

No charges were filed as of Wednesday morning, but the incident remained under investigation.

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Tom Sofield

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001