Car allegedly used as deadly weapon in assault
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | July 20,2013
A Fair Haven man who police say drove his car into another man during an argument on Prospect Street in Fair Haven has denied a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
Adam C. Polino, 50, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court Thursday to the felony assault charge and a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle in a careless or negligent manner. Polino, who faces a potential 16-year jail sentence if convicted of both charges, was released without bail on several court-ordered conditions.
Polino was arrested this week following a late-night incident that took place July 11 in the driveway of 19 Prospect St.
At about 10:30 p.m. that night, Fair Haven Police were called to the home by Dennis Tabor, 54, who said that Polino struck him with his Pontiac Grand Am during an argument, according to an affidavit written by Fair Haven Police Officer James Riehl.
Tabor said he was having dinner at the home with his girlfriend when Polino allegedly sped into the yard and shouted at the house before driving away at about 9:30 p.m.
Tabor said Polino returned minutes later as he was standing on the porch and began yelling insults at him, Riehl wrote. The two men reportedly argued, with Tabor stepping down from the porch and walking to the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, the men’s disagreement allegedly centered on the girlfriend, who was dating Tabor and friends with Polino.
Tabor said he invited Polino to exit the car and fight but instead Polino backed his vehicle up and accelerated into him, striking his lower legs and causing his upper body to fall on the vehicle’s hood.
Polino then allegedly backed up, quickly causing Tabor to fall off the hood and onto the ground.
After allegedly striking Tabor, Polino drove away.
In an interview with police, Polino denied striking Tabor, who he said never touched his vehicle. He later said Tabor had banged on his vehicle and fallen across the hood while doing so.