Brianne TalockaJun 13, 2018, 11:23 pmJun 14, 2018, 1:33 pm

Suspect wanted for allegedly assaulting detective turns self in

Police say Alan Fratello Jr. grabbed a detective's tie during a traffic stop before driving away

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Alan Fratello Jr. turned himself in to police on Wednesday after an incident during a traffic stop on Tuesday.

According to police, Fratello was driving erratically when he was pulled over by Detective Eric Tighelaar.

"At some point during that conversation, the driver, Mr. Fratello Jr., grabbed Detective Tighelaar's tie and began driving away," said Dennis Yuhasz of the South Brunswick Police Department.

The detective was able to break free and did not get injured during the incident. Police then put alerts out on social media looking for Fratello, which they say encouraged him to turn himself in.

Police are also looking for Fratello's girlfriend, Jacqueline Smith, who was with him in the vehicle at the time of the incident and is wanted on unrelated charges. Police say she should be turning herself in on Thursday.

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