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A coach's argument with an umpire on Friday escalated into the coach nearly hitting another man with his pickup truck and brandishing a handgun, according to charges filed in the case.
A coach from the Valley View Babe Ruth League team, John Zahradnik, 39, 414 Jenna Kay Drive, Archbald, began arguing with an umpire over a call he disagreed with during the game at the Colliery Baseball Field off of Colliery Avenue, according to a criminal complaint.
An "irate" Mr. Zahradnik then turned to parents in the crowd at the game and started yelling at them until a woman approached him and the two argued, according to the complaint.
At that point, Jose Irizarry, a witness at the scene, got between Mr. Zahradnik and the unidentified woman, according to the complaint.
After an argument, Mr. Irizarry picked up his baseball equipment and headed to his vehicle.
Mr. Zahradnik then allegedly got into his pickup truck and nearly hit Mr. Irizarry before exiting the vehicle, throwing Mr. Irizarry to the ground and punching him, according to the complaint.
While Mr. Irizarry ran to his own vehicle, Mr. Zahradnik shouted that he had a gun and reached into his truck and pulled out a handgun, according to the complaint.
Another man on the scene, Edwin Acevedo, shouted that Mr. Zahradnik had a gun as there were still several children and parents in the area and pushed him back into his truck at which point Mr. Zahradnik drove off, according to the complaint.
On Saturday, Mr. Zahradnik was arraigned on charges of recklessly endangering another person and harassment, according to court records.
He was released on $20,000 unsecured bail and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 30 at 10 a.m.