You think Boston politics are rough? Try Winthrop
A Winthrop man is charged with aiming his SUV at a campaigning Town Council candidate and his children yesterday afternoon.
James Lederman, 68, was arraigned today on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating a motor vehicle to endanger for an incident on the Winthrop Bridge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to the DA's office:
Winthrop Police responded to the scene at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon, finding a group of people holding campaign signs in advance of today’s municipal elections. Several of them pointed out the victim, who stated that he was standing on the sidewalk and waving to passing motorists with his four children when Lederman approached in a black sport-utility vehicle.
The victim and several witnesses told officers that Lederman swerved toward the victim intentionally, causing the victim to hit his hand on Lederman's vehicle as it traveled closely past him. One observer told police that Lederman had been driving in the left-hand lane when he abruptly swerved into the right lane heading directly toward the victim.
Prosecutors asked for $5,000 bail; East Boston District Court judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr. released Lederman on personal recognizance, but told him to stay away from the victim.