MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Dr. Robert Rizzo, head of Brigham & Women’s Cape Cod Hospital cardiac surgery program, was arrested for assault and battery, accused of running over a trooper’s foot with his car after an altercation at Boston’s Logan airport.
Rizzo was picking up his wife at the airport when he picked a fight with a state trooper who asked him to move his car, according to a report from the Boston Business Journal.
Tempers flared and Rizzo allegedly ran over the trooper’s foot with his car and drove off. He was later arrested in the Ted Williams Tunnel. A hospital spokesperson said Brigham is aware of Rizzo’s arrest, but did not comment about his employment status.
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