Former Coral Springs police deputy chief accused of punching driver after crash

Mark Haydu, 56, retired in good standing 7 years ago

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor
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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. - A former deputy chief for the Coral Springs Police Department was arrested Friday after he punched a driver after a minor crash in Coconut Creek, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, Mark Haydu, 56, was involved in a minor crash last week with the 69-year-old victim in the parking lot of a Home Depot at 4450 N. State Road 7.

Police said Haydu was driving a black 2015 Chevy Camaro and the victim was driving a black 2001 Ford Explorer.

According to an arrest report, the victim pulled his SUV into a parking space after the crash, and Haydu blocked the victim in with his vehicle.

Police said Haydu opened the driver's door to the victim's vehicle and punched the victim twice in the face.

Police said Haydu then reached into the SUV and removed the keys from the ignition and put them into his pocket.

A witness began recording the incident, and Haydu yelled at him, "You want some, too?" the report said.

Authorities said two witnesses corroborated the victim's statements about the altercation.

Haydu was arrested on charges of burglary and battery on someone 65 or older.

Coral Springs police spokeswoman Carla Kmiotek said Haydu retired in good standing from the police department seven years ago.

 

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