SOMERS POINT — A candidate for City Council was arrested last week on an obstruction of justice charge after a car crash, city police said.
Vassilios Adamakos, running as a Democrat in the 2nd Ward, called the charge “totally misleading” and said he will continue his campaign.
He was arrested Wednesday outside Snap Fitness on Bethel Road, Chief Michael Boyd said.
Adamakos got into an argument with ownership and left the business “agitated” and struck another car after he got into his car to drive away, Boyd said the report of the incident states.
Adamakos allegedly interfered with officers trying to investigate the crash, Boyd said.
“Officers were questioning different witnesses at the scene,” Boyd said. “He was loud and abusive and kept interrupting.”
Adamakos was charged with obstruction of justice and released on his own recognizance, Boyd said. he was also charged with careless driving.
Adamakos said Monday that a man videotaping him with a camera phone “physically pinned” him to the ground when Adamakos tried to ask him to stop. Adamakos claimed the man said he was a police officer, but that the man never gave identification or said which department.
“He kept me down until police came,” Adamakos said.
As for police, “I cooperated with them fully,” he said. “There was no reason for me not to cooperate with police. ... They put handcuffs on me and put me in jail just like that. I did not interfere with police . Did I have an argument with a cop? Yes I did. But I did not interfere with justice.”
Adamkos had filed a lawsuit against the Linwood Police Department in October, alleging a wrongful arrest in 2010 after sending what he described as a nonthreatening private Facebook message to a Linwood police officer.
He said he will continue his campaign in Somers Point, adding that “I will continue running because I have nothing to hide. My life is an open book. I’ve lived in Somers Point for 30 years.”
Adamakos is running unopposed in the June Democratic primary. He would face Republican incumbent Dennis Tapp in November.
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