Off-duty Pennsylvania cop charged in boozy tire-slashing spree

A Pennsylvania cop has been charged in an off-duty, tire-slashing spree that allegedly took place after a bartender in the city where he works refused to serve him any more drinks.

Pittston Police Officer Dion Fernandes, 44, was identified through cellphone video that captured the Aug. 29 incident, according to reports.

A seven-second clip obtained by FOX56 allegedly shows Fernandes, wearing a neon yellow T-shirt and khaki shorts, repeatedly jabbing at the tire of an SUV parked on Main Street until it pops.

Fernandes, who’s charged with felony criminal mischief, is accused of causing more than $5,500 worth of damage to five vehicles, PAhomepage.come reported Thursday.

The vandalism rampage allegedly unfolded after Fernandes was cut off at downtown restaurant, according to to PennLive.com.

A criminal complaint says says he’d been drinking in two establishment before he called a fellow cop and asked for a knife, according to WNEP.

The other cop, who was on duty, met Fernandes in a downtown parking lot and gave him the knife — but was dispatched back to the area about 10 minutes later in response to a 911 about a man slashing tires there, reports said.

Fernandes was suspended after the incident, which Mayor Michael Lombardo said was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police after the Pittston police chief bowed out due to a conflict of interest.

“I’m sure that they did what they had to do, but it’s not surprising to me, given the fact that there were multiple vehicles involved. But you know, it’s very serious charge,” he told WNEP.

An arrest warrant was pending Thursday, reports said.

State police spokespersons didn’t immediately return requests for comment on Friday, and it was unclear if Fernandes had been taken into custody.

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