Man Arrested in Post-KaBoom Melee Fights Back

The Colts Neck man whose arrest was captured by Patch cameras hires representation for upcoming court appearance.

A Colts Neck man who was arrested following the KaBoom! Fireworks on the Navesink July 3rd spectacular has retained representation, presumably, to fight the charge of disorderly conduct levied against him.

Police pulled Ronald Leibner out of his car after it appeared as though he attempted to drive down the then-closed Front Street immediately after the fireworks show, which was packed with thousands of revelers and spectators. The 61 year old was tackled to the ground shortly after being pulled out of his car, despite his protestations.

As police were putting the handcuffs on Leibner, the surging crowd surrounded his late-model BMW and began pounding on the hood and trunk of the car and chanting “U.S.A.” as the men struggled on the ground.

Just seconds later an unidentified person smashed the back windshield causing some members of the crowd to scatter. Police arrived in force about 30 seconds later, spreading out and pushing the crowd away from the vehicle, which also had its gas cover ripped off in the fracas.

Freehold-based attorney Andrew Blumer, who is representing Leibner, declined to comment about the specific charge of disorderly conduct, including why Leibner was trying to drive down the road that night. The plan, he said, is to defend Leibner vigorously when the summons goes to trial at Red Bank Municipal Court, presumably near the end of this month.

Leibner has an undisclosed medical condition that warrants handicap plates on his vehicle.

Blumer contacted Patch after seeing exclusive video of Leibner’s arrest posted on our website. The raw video, about 40 seconds long, shows a confused-looking Leibner being pulled out of his car and tackled by police as a frenzied crowd looks on.

Blumer said he believes the action of the police may have led to the chaotic situation.

“To me, it appears that the officers added chaos to what was already a stressful situation rather than restoring calm and order,” he said. “We’re going to continue to investigate and move to assert his rights.”

Sal July 11, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Since when is a driving infraction cause to pull a disabled man out of his vehicle and throw him to the ground??? If the man committed a violation of the motor vehicle laws he should have merely been issued a summons, and not be treated like he is a rapist or bank robber on America's Ten Tops most wanted list. How can a person sitting in a car possibly be committing disorderly conduct??? Is sitting in a car stuck in the middle of a crowd Disorderly Conduct???
Steve July 11, 2011 at 11:35 PM
Why would any man handicapped or not try to drive through a crowd like that. In the video he looks confused would it be better to let a "confused" man drive through the crowd possibly running someone down. He obviously was not complying with the officers orders and I am sure they felt that he was a danger to the crowd 2C:33-2. Disorderly conduct a. Improper behavior. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense, if with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof he: (2) Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor. I would think this situation meets the requirements of the statute
Town Main Stay July 19, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Another "class" gathering at the Red Bank fireworks. Any word on the arrest of the person who smashed his car window? What is up with these bizzarre crowds getting roudy and chanting "USA" during the arrest and subsequent smashing of the car window? Last year, same chant while they blocked an ambulance trying to get to Riverview Hospital..saw it first hand. Kind of surprised the cops didn't arrest the ambulance driver :-) Please let's take time off from the fireworks. Live in Red Bank 50 years and no longer feel safe going to the fireworks and have NO confidence in the police's ability to control crowds. Good thing ex-officier (fired but not until Red Bank gave him a promotion first) Steven Adams wasn't working or the the guy on the ground would have had his face punched in and then covered up even if he was handicapped.
harry johnson September 12, 2011 at 12:15 AM
The disabled guys only disability was that he refused to listen. He was asked to stop at least 5x yet kept driving. He had a bread new BMW and acted like he was above the law. He had the option to stop and just get a ticket but believed he was above the law. The police gave him several chances to stop yet he kept going and just ignored them. He almost hit several people including children


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