A verbal dispute that turned physical—and involved a .38-caliber revolver—led to a brief pursuit on Route 22 Sunday night, police say.
Authorities received a 911 call from the complainant, a 49-year-old Patterson resident, about the incident around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. According to officials at the , he and another man, Southeast resident Mario Zeoli, 48, were involved in an argument at the .
Police say the fight started when the complainant, who was attempting to use his cell phone while stopping for cigarettes, asked Zeoli, who was at the pump, to lower the music playing in his vehicle. The two reportedly exchanged words, and threats.
During the course of the argument, Zeoli allegedly pulled out the revolver and pointed it at the complainant. A struggle ensued, which resulted in one man sustaining a black eye, and the other bruising. Neither was hospitalized.
Both left before troopers arrived, according to police. They pursued Zeoli as he headed south on Route 22, and stopped him just north of Interstate 684.
Zeoli is facing two misdemeanors: third-degree assault and second-degree menacing with a weapon. Police say he is licensed to carry a gun.
Officials released the defendant, pending a future appearance in Southeast Justice Court. The investigation is continuing, according to authorities.