Police seek charges against Fairhaven selectman after alleged fight in parking lot


A Fairhaven selectman could appear in court after an alleged fight broke out near a local McDonald’s.

The altercation happened in the parking lot between a local McDonald’s and Sullivan Tire around 9 p.m. on July 1, according to the Fairhaven Police Department.

Fairhaven Police have not released any names, but NBC 10 has confirmed the incident involved Daniel Freitas, Chair of the Fairhaven Board of Selectmen.

The criminal complaint seeks to charge the 51-year-old with two counts of assault and battery.

Police say they investigated the incident over the past week, including reviewing surveillance video and conducting multiple interviews.

"Following the closure of their investigation today, the criminal applications were filed with the court this morning,” according to a press release.

Police say an 18-year-old woman was arguing with another woman and her boyfriend. Police say they have a history of not getting along.

The 18-year-old left then returned with her father to the same parking lot.

Freitas allegedly got into a fight with the other man and pushed his girlfriend away when she tried to break it up.

Freitas’ 18-year old daughter allegedly kicked the couple’s car, causing minor damage.

Police are seeking to charge her with one count of malicious destruction of property under $1,200.

"Both men sustained minor injuries and no one was hospitalized," the press release said.

Freitas said he had no comment on the incident via a phone call on Tuesday.

Town Administrator Mark Rees confirmed Freitas still holds his position with the town but referred all other questions to the police department.

The criminal applications have not formally been issued by the New Bedford District Court Criminal Clerk's Office.