2004-06-11 / Front Page

Cops Wrap Up Driving Dad Gone Mad

By Brian Magoolaghan

Cops Wrap Up Driving Dad Gone Mad

Police restrained Robert Reip using a full-body wrap.Police restrained Robert Reip using a full-body wrap.

By Brian Magoolaghan

A Massachusetts man who was driving on Cross Bay Boulevard with his child last week, went on a drug and rage-fueled rampage in which he terrorized another motorist, attacked civilians and police officers and tried to hijack a city owned vehicle, according to court records.

It started with a fender-bender in Howard Beach, police said. Robert Reip, 31, was driving on Cross Bay Boulevard with his 18-month-old son fastened in a car seat when he was involved in a minor accident with another motorist, Joseph Longo.

But there was no civil exchange of personal information.

Longo told authorities that an enraged Reip repeatedly rear-ended his car after their initial contact.

With the raging Reip bashing his car from behind, Longo pulled in to the parking lot at the southern foot of the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge. Reip stayed right behind him.

Longo called to a Department of Transportation worker, who was the first to square off with the furious father, for help. The worker removed the baby to her DOT vehicle and tried to subdue Reip, but a struggle ensued. The worker’s keys fell to the ground and Reip seized them.

A civilian, Stephen Moore, tried to intervene, but Reip cracked him in the face with a closed fist. Reip then jumped in the vehicle and was attempting to flee when police officers arrived on the scene. A pair of officers from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach reportedly approached Reip in an attempt to place him under arrest, but he apparently was not ready to give up.

Reip reportedly punched one officer in the face and kicked the other in the groin sending them both to the hospital with injuries.

A full-scale mobilization of officers from the 100 and 106 Precincts, the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit and the National Park Service responded and placed Reip, who continued to flail and kick in resistance, under arrest. Police rolled him up, from his feet to his shoulders, in a heavy restraint wrap with locking straps.

Police said Reip had alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Officers recovered cocaine from his vehicle.

Reip is charged by the Queens District Attorney with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief, two counts of assault, one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and two counts of second degree harassment.

Reip posted the $20,000 bail set by Queens Criminal Court Judge Robert Raciti and was released the next day.

Court records show Reip, who lists Indian Orch, Massachusetts as his official address, was arrested in January and charged with reckless driving and DWI.

He is due back in court next week. Reip’s attorney, Michael Horn, declined to comment to The Wave on his client’s behalf.

The baby was not harmed in the incident.

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