Suffolk County police arrested two people after a brawl outside a Bay Shore bar early Sunday morning that resulted in the slashing of one person and four people being hit by an alleged drunken driver.
Third Precinct officers responded to Coopersmith’s Pub at 615 East Main St., at approximately 3:10 a.m. after a fight broke out in the parking lot, police said.
Police found a 35-year-old man slashed with a box cutter in the face and ear. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.
During the fight, Ronald Ashley, 27, of Macarthur Avenue, Brentwood, struck four people with his 2015 Toyota Corolla as he attempted to leave the scene, police said. One of those struck was the alleged slasher, police said.
Ashley then drove into the parking lot of 605 East Main St. where he lost control of the vehicle and struck a pillar, police said. The three other people who were hit by Ashley’s Corolla suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Ashley was charged with driving while intoxicated and four counts of third degree assault.
It’s the second time in less than two months that Ashley was arrested on DWI charges. According to online court records, Ashley was arrested on Jan. 22 and charged with DWI. That case, the details of which were not immediately available, is pending.
Reached Sunday afternoon, Ashley’s attorney Joe Cozzo, acknowledged his client has another pending DWI case.
“He’s presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Cozzo said. “That case is still pending. We’re gonna fight that vigorously, just like we’re gonna fight these new charges.”
Cozzo said he had not been briefed in detail yet on the new allegations and his client is to be arraigned Monday morning.
“I’m sure the justice system will be on his side,” said Cozzo, whose practice is in Central Islip. “It is a crazy event, but I don’t have all the facts and circumstances yet.”
Cozzo said his client is a “great guy” who comes from a great family.”
Paul Wells, 28, of Curcio Court, West Babylon, was charged with second-degree assault for the slashing and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, police said. Wells will be arraigned at a later date, police said.
An attorney for Wells could not be reached for comment.
Stephen Bertini, owner of Coopersmith’s, which he said has been in business since 1994, said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the fight had anything to do with his bar.
Bertini said the bar is in a small shopping center called Saxon Common, which houses about 10 other businesses that were closed at the time. But he said the brawlers may have come from a pair of fast food restaurants across the street.
“There was no incident inside my bar whatsoever,” said Bertini. “This was all strictly a parking lot incident. We don’t know where these people came from.”