Man Gets 5 Years for Ramming into 2 People with His Car

By Pries, Allison | The Record (Bergen County, NJ), October 1, 2016 | Go to article overview

Man Gets 5 Years for Ramming into 2 People with His Car


Pries, Allison, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


A Lyndhurst High School graduate who rammed two men with his car during a brawl outside a South Hackensack go-go bar was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.

Ernest Brodie, 21, of Harrison accepted a plea deal in June to two counts of aggravated assault for his part in the January 2014 brawl outside Twins Plus Lounge on South Main Street that left three people in critical condition.

Five of the six men involved were charged following the melee that involved baseball bats, knives and hammers.

Brodie got into a car and drove into Lukas Dziewiatkowski, then 32, on Saddle River Avenue. He then turned onto South Main Street and accelerated before striking Benjamin Venegas, then 27, who suffered a head trauma. Dziewiatkowski had injuries to his face, head, hand and knee.

"While not excusing my client's behavior, this wasn't just a fistfight," Brodie's attorney Christopher Errante said, as Brodie's mother nodded from the third row of the gallery.

Brodie, who wore a black suit, black tie and black dress shirt to his sentencing before Superior Court Judge Susan Steele, was originally charged with attempted murder.

It 'takes one's breath away'

Authorities say two groups of three men had a disagreement inside the bar. One group was ejected from the club, went to their car, and got weapons and returned. …

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