- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico city councilor is facing aggravated battery and assault charges after deputies say he pistol whipped a man and shot at his vehicle.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested Espanola City Councilor Eric Radosevich this week in connection with a bizarre Saturday altercation at a Pojoaque gas station.

According to authorities, Radosevich, 43, was among a group of men who got into an argument with a man at the Kicks 66 gas station after someone was spotted “flirting” with the man’s wife.

The victim, later identified as David Perez, 35, of Santa Fe, pulled a baseball bat out of his pickup truck to confront the man talking to his wife but was chased back into his vehicle by three or four men from another pickup, a white Chevrolet, authorities said.

Deputies said Perez and his wife later drove to the Roadrunner Cafe in Pojoaque but was followed by the white Chevrolet. Radosevich, the driver of the pickup, “approached victim with black (semi-automatic) handgun and hit him with the butt of the gun on the back of his head two to three times, and fired two or three shots toward (his) vehicle,” the deputy’s report said.

Perez was not seriously injured, authorities said.

It was not known if Radosevich had an attorney.

Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero said she couldn’t comment on the matter.

Radosevich serves as chairman of the city’s Community Services and Development Committee, which addresses parks and recreation, libraries and arts.

He was elected to a four-year term in 2012 and works at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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