Traffic Cop Viciously Beaten While Issuing Ticket
Angry motorist broke his skull, ran off on foot
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2010 9:10 AM CDT
Edgar Saetoros was assaulted while trying to hand out a ticket.   (NYPD)

(Newser) – An angry motorist sent a traffic cop to the hospital over a parking ticket yesterday. Edgar Saeteros was trying to ticket a double-parked car, when someone—presumably the driver—ran up behind him and bashed his head, the New York Daily News reports. “He was hit in the head, punched twice, and knocked to the ground,” a union rep said. “He tried to arrest the guy, but the guy got away.”

Saeteros was taken to the hospital with a fractured skull, and has already been visited by Mayor Bloomberg. Since the perpetrator fled on foot, leaving the car behind, police are confident they’ll nab him. If they do, he’ll face up to seven years in prison, thanks to a 2008 law that made assaulting a traffic cop a felony.