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Newport Man Charged after Driving Toddlers in Go-Kart Without Helmets

Police said a Park Holm man got into an altercation with cops after he was stopped while driving a go-kart on Hillside Avenue with a three-year-old on his lap and a four year old in the passenger seat, neither wearing helmets.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A 24-year-old Park Holm Man was charged with obstruction of justice, simple assault and violating traffic laws after he was caught by police riding along Hillside Avenue in a go-kart with a three-year-old on his lap without a seatbelt and a 4-year-old in the passenger seat, both not wearing helmets.

Police said Juan Montanez, of 178 Park Holm, became hostile towards officers who stopped him and started to shout at them, telling them he did nothing wrong.

He said that he drives a friend’s go-kart in Miantonomi Park often without the police getting involved and had just come out of the woods where he said he was riding.

Police said Montanez continued to become aggressive as he was told by an officer that he would be cited for driving a toy vehicle in the roadway.

Montanez reportedly refused to give his name or other personal information and swore at officers, ultimately pushing and kicking an officer as they attempted to put him into handcuffs.

The go-kart was towed from the scene and the children were picked up by an adult.

Montanez was booked and released with a Municipal Court summons to answer to the traffic violations on July 14. He is also due to appear in Second Division District Court on July 2 to answer to the obstruction and simple assault charges.

Constance Daly June 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM
There is no cure for stupid!
George Costanza June 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM
I'm glad my little Johnny goes to school next to this guy!
jw3 June 30, 2014 at 06:37 PM
atleast the kids were not hurt

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