Police: Man, drunk, claims he is a cop while resisting arrest

  • Penn Township Police say a man claimed he was a cop while resisting arrest Monday night.
  • Ben Saidi, 55, is charged with aggravated assault and DUI.
  • He was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Penn Township Police say a man they found drunk in a car Monday claimed he was a "police officer" like them.

Officers responded to a hit-and-run crash in which two mailboxes were damaged by a red pickup truck, documents state.

Police said Ben Mosbah Saidi was found inside that red pickup truck, drunk, and that he assaulted an officer after his arrest.

Saidi, 55, of no fixed address, is charged with aggravated assault, DUI, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, among other charges.

Ben Saidi

Hit-and-run: Township police were sent to the first block of Magnolia Lane about 6:15 p.m. Monday for a report of a hit-and-run crash.

Officers found two mailboxes had been struck by a red pickup truck, according to court records.

About 20 minutes later, police were sent to the 2200 block of Grandview Road for a report of a red pickup truck that was refusing to leave.

When police got to the area, the truck, a red Dodge Dakota, was found stopped in the front yard of a home on the block, police said.

The driver, later identified as Saidi, was ordered out of the car, court documents state.

Saidi then fell out of the car onto his hands and knees and was being "incomprehensible," police said.

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Resisting: Two officers brought Saidi to his feet, and police say an odor of alcohol was coming from his breath.

Charging documents state he began resisting the officers by pulling away and tensing his arms. Police said he was trying to tense his arms to prevent the officers from placing handcuffs on him.

Saidi then said he was a "police officer," like them, documents state.

He continued resisting until he was eventually placed under arrest, police said.

After Saidi was put in a police vehicle, a woman who lives on that block called police and said he had driven the truck through a yard, got out of the car, and urinated in the driveway.

Saidi was taken to Hanover Hospital, where police say he refused to give a blood sample.

Additionally, police say he spit in the face of an officer. Saidi also kicked the officer in the legs several times, court documents allege.

When he was secured to the prisoner bench, he repeatedly hit the back of his head into the wall, which caused several dents and holes in the wall, according to charging documents.

Saidi was arraigned on the charges Tuesday morning. He was then remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

It is unclear if he has an attorney.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at District Judge James Miner's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.