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Man socked Lehigh U. officer after throwing basketball at cruiser, police say

Published On: Sep 04 2013 12:17:32 AM EDT

A New Jersey man assaulted a Lehigh University police officer after throwing a basketball at his cruiser, officials said.

Bernard S. Savilla punched Officer Mark Ferencin in the face after Ferencin tried to detain him for throwing a basketball at his car and yelling and screaming on West Packer Avenue around 10:50 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

Savilla, 21, of Bergenfield, N.J., was arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and resisting arrest and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $35,000 bail, according to court documents.


A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 11.