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Local Man Arrested for Dragging Woman From Car in Salem

A local man who allegedly dragged a woman with his car following a domestic situation in Salem Friday night has been arrested in North Andover.

Police officers arrested a local man Friday night believed to have dragged his girlfriend from a motor vehicle in Salem.

John Distefano, 25, of 42 Jerad Place Road, North Andover, was arrested on a charge of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (car door).

At approximately 9 p.m., Salem police officers responded to a report of a struck pedestrian at the intersection of Roslyn and Hazel streets.

A 21-year-old woman found at the scene was rushed to Salem Hospital with what police called non-life-threatening juries.

The incident reportedly followed a "domestic situation."

After learning that the brown Nissan SUV involved in the incident was registered in North Andover, Distefano was located and placed under arrest shortly before 9:30 p.m.

Salem Patch will be posting additional information as it becomes available.

Cool Fusion January 12, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Oh no.. Now the hysterical media will demand a seven day waiting period for car doors. It's a stretch to believe that a "car door" is a "dangerous weapon" but not to belittle the seriousness of the alledged assult that it was. Perhaps with a "Blunt instrument" would be a more appropriate charge.
Danielle Bagley January 16, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Ok so first off I got dragged by the car and then John pushed the door and knocked Danielle to the ground smashing her head off the pavement and his father John e distefano was driving the carand sped off before police could respond .. This all could have been preventd but when your allowed to move back to your parents house after just up and leaving you and your g.fs apartment and running back to mommy and daddy seems easier then being an adult and facing situations like an adult .. Instead I have to fix my life and I did nothing wrong :( you get to go back to your mom no dads and live rent free and I have to sit here and hold the bag for all of it. Not fair and not much of a man to me . And his father should have been charged to but because he has money wouldn't happen ... Hope your life is good after all this because in my eyes your a coward

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