May 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Westborough, Mass.—A Verizon strikebreaker is facing felony assault and drunk-driving charges after he crashed his pickup truck through a picket line, hitting a police officer and injuring a striker.
George A. Pulling, 55, of Ohio, was arrested May 12 in Westborough, Massachusetts, after he made a sharp right turn while police were escorting him across the picket line, accelerating the truck toward striker Joseph Rooney, according to accounts by police and picketers. Rooney jumped on the truck’s hood, hanging on by the windshield wiper until Pulling stopped short on the on-ramp to a nearby highway, throwing him off. Pulling “just floored it,” Westborough Police Chief Alan R. Gordon said. “He hit one of the officers with his mirror and one of the picketers held onto the windshield wiper. Then he jammed on his brakes, sending the picketer off the hood.” Rooney was hospitalized with “non-life-threatening” injuries. Pulling, who was also charged with driving with a suspended license, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $50,000 bail. He faces up to 10 years in prison for two charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and one to five years on the DUI charge because it would be his fourth offense. His court hearing is scheduled for June 2. Read more