Court papers say early this morning 26-year-old John Vinelli III and the victim were arguing while she was standing at the open passenger side door of the truck when he drove off. The open door knocked her down dragged her for “some distance,” but Vinelli didn’t stop. She said the battery in her phone was missing after the incident, so she couldn’t call for help, so she walked from Hillside Avenue to the Hotel Holley, where she knew the bartender, and they called for help.
When police went to Vinelli’s house, he let his German Shepard out, and the dog charged toward one of the police officers. The dog later bit the officer’s arm. Police say it was apparent from his speech and his staggering that Vinelli was under the influence.
His bail is set at $50,000.