A Mountain Lakes NJ man was recently charged with assault for a “ski rage incident” at the Mountain Creek ski resort in Vernon Township, New Jersey.
The incident occurred on Valentine’s Day. According to Sussex County prosecutors, the suspect punched a 12-year-old boy in the mouth and then attacked him with a ski pole.
The ski rage incident stemmed from a disagreement when the young victim fell into the suspect and the suspect’s own child while they were skiing.
When Vernon NJ police officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim suffering from visible injuries.
The suspect, a 44-year-old man who works as an anesthesiologist in Mountain Lakes, NJ, has been charged with multiple crimes, including second degree aggravated assault and third degree child endangerment.
If the suspect is convicted on the most serious charges of aggravated assault, he faces significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), a person who commits second degree aggravated assault can potentially be sentenced to 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect secured his release from police custody with a pending court appearance in Sussex County Superior Court, which is located in Newton, NJ.
Meanwhile, the suspect’s defense attorney said that his client did not intend to cause any harm to the young victim in the case and that it was “more in the nature of an accident.”
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Doctor Charged in ‘Ski Rage’ Attack on 12-Year-Old, Cops Say.”