Police: Brooklyn Man Sinks Teeth Into Driver, Tosses Car Key Into Sag Harbor Pond


A Brooklyn man was arrested on Sunday morning in Sag Harbor after he bit a friend, stole—and subsequently smashed—the friend’s cellphone, and threw the keys to the man’s 2004 BMW into Otter Pond, according to police.

Benjamin Ruhland, 38, was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police at 8:46 a.m. in the vicinity of Otter Pond and charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a felony. Mr. Ruhland was also charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation.

Authorities say Mr. Ruhland was a passenger in his friend’s car when he got into a physical altercation with fellow passenger as they traveled southbound on Main Street. Mr. Ruhland then allegedly grabbed the steering wheel of the car, forcing the driver to pull over.

When all three parties got out of the car, police said, Mr. Ruhland jumped in the driver’s seat and tried unsuccessfully to start the car. He then attempted to grab the driver’s cellphone, bit his right hand until he let go of it, and smashed the phone in front of him, according to authorities.

Police say Mr. Ruhland proceeded to walk across the street to Otter Pond, throw the car keys into the pond, and attempt to walk toward town, before giving up and walking back to the scene.

The police report was unclear as to whether the driver was able to retrieve his keys from the pond.

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