Thursday, March 22, 2007

"She slipped officer, I swear"

Hudson County Freeholder and West New York Commissioner Gerald Lange Jr. was arrested the morning of March 21, 2007 after giving his wife a bloody nose, police said. Mr. Lange was arrested and charged with aggravated assault at 1:20 a.m. after police responded to his home on a report of a domestic violence incident.

According to reports:
Lange "struck his wife on the nose with his hand" while driving in the car, said Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio, whose office is investigating the case. When police arrived at Lange's waterfront home, he was in the house and his wife Mayra, a teacher in the West New York school system, was in the car.

During Lange's arrest, a police sergeant was bitten on the hand by the family's dog - a maltese.

Mayra Lange was taken to Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen. Hospital officials didn't return calls about her condition; the prosecutor said he was still waiting for a medical report, but it was possible that her nose was fractured.

DeFazio said Lange was charged with aggravated assault because his wife suffered a "significant bodily injury."

Reached by phone yesterday, Lange refused to comment, but later released a statement saying he accidentally struck his wife during a heated argument in their car. He said he and his wife were surprised when the police came to his home yesterday morning.

He accidentally hit his wife during a heated argument? Uh huh.

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