SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Authorities say an acting lieutenant with the Salisbury Fire Department has been charged with assault after he allegedly beat his neighbor.

The Wicomico Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Joe Derbyshire of Hebron was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.

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The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that according to court documents, Liviu Costica borrowed his neighbor’s car on Saturday. The documents say Derbyshire, the car owner’s son-in-law, demanded in several phone calls that Costica return the vehicle.

According to police reports, when Costica returned the car to the neighbor’s driveway, Derbyshire began punching him through the window.

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Police said Costica also said Derbyshire pinned him down and smashed his head into the ground.

Costica was treated at a hospital for a concussion and broken nose.
Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md.,

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