WELLINGTON — Jason Tucciarone, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy arrested late Monday night after a fight in a Wellington bar with probable Olympic equestrian Darragh Kenny, is working for PBSO despite a spotty criminal history.
It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: Tucciarone was accused of trying to run over a police officer with his car four years before he became a sheriff’s deputy!
This week, Tucciarone, 41, was charged with two counts of battery in connection with an incident at The Grille over a bar stool.
Ireland rider Kenny and Tucciarone started jawing, and Tucciarone ended up allegedly decking Darragh’s dad, Michael Kenny, who was visiting from Europe.
The punch ended up breaking Michael Kenny’s nose, sending him to the ER on his last night in the United States.
Yet, it wasn’t the first time that Tucciarone was cuffed and riding in the back of a squad car.
He was arrested another time, shortly before Christmas 2004.
A civilian at the time, Tucciarone was charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer.
According to court papers exclusively obtained by Gossip Extra, Tucciarone rear-ended another motorist at a traffic light on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
The paperwork shows Tucciarone, in his souped up Mustang, then took off.
Thing is: The man whose Subaru Tucciarone hit at the light happened to be a police officer, who then gave chase.
When the off-duty, but uniformed, patrolman cornered Tucciarone in a strip mall parking lot, Tucciarone allegedly gunned the engine and slammed into the cop’s personal car.
The officer had to jump on the hood of his vehicle to avoid getting crushed, and Tucciarone took off again.
PBSO eventually arrested Tucciarone at his house after running his license plate number.
In 2005, the office of the Palm Beach County State Attorney allowed Tucciarone to plead to lesser charges, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Prosecutors allowed Tucciarone to enter a first offender’s program and declined to prosecute the case after Tucciarone wrote a letter of apology to the officer, and paid about $2,000 for the damages to the cop’s car.
With no conviction, Tucciarone was on his way to become a Sheriff’s deputy.
According to records, PBSO hired Tucciarone in 2008. He’s currently assigned to the mounted unit.
In 2012, he was sued by a woman who claimed he arrested her for no valid reason.
According to records, a jury decided last year that Tucciarone acted appropriately when he charged her with resisting arrest, and declined to award the woman, Ruth Galang, damages.
Prosecutors dropped her criminal case.
Tucciarone’s arrest on Monday created a buzz in the equestrian community worried about the Village’s image among horse people abroad.
Tucciarone’s mug shot is not available to the public because of a decision by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw to shield deputies who are arrested.