The co-owner of a Staten Island pub infamous for defying city and state COVID-19 health restrictions has avoided felony charges after he allegedly drove into a sheriff’s deputy who was trying to detain him outside his bar on December 6th.
Daniel Presti, 34, faced charges including felony second degree assault causing physical injury to an officer, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving for the incident.
But after hearing testimony from Presti, a Staten Island grand jury decided to charge him with only two misdemeanors for allegedly selling alcohol inside the bar, Mac’s Public House, without a license.
As I’ve previously reported, Presti has been lionized by Fox News, who provided live breathless coverage of lockdown protests outside the bar. The police officer in the incident suffered two broken legs.
.@NYCMayor said he’s “shocked” to hear a grand jury declined to indict Daniel Presti after a video shows him hitting a sheriff’s officer with his car.
— Kristin F. Dalton (@KristinFDalton) January 25, 2021