RIVER VALE, N.J. -- A drunk and bleeding Ridgewood man who claimed he'd been knocked off his bicycle by a hit and run driver overnight Friday in Paramus fought with emergency responders in River Vale and then again at the hospital, authorities said.
As of Friday morning, police said they hadn't found evidence of a crash -- or of a bicycle.
Patrol officers were called to a Spring Street home just after 1:30 a.m. on a report of an injured bicyclist, Detective Sgt. John J. DeVoe told Daily Voice.
From outside the front door they could hear a woman shouting inside, he said.
They looked through the window and saw the homeowner yelling at the 48-year-old man, who "had blood dripping down his face," DeVoe said.
The homeowner at first refused to open the door, then opened it and blocked their path, saying her home was "private property" and they couldn't come in, the sergeant said.
"They explained that they observed the bloody male in the kitchen and that they were obligated to enter to assess his injuries," DeVoe said.
The homeowner let them in but "was extremely uncooperative" the entire time, he said.
The drunken victim said he was riding his bike on Linwood Avenue in Paramus when he was struck from behind by a vehicle that took off.
He said he then rode to River Vale.
"A search of the area was later conducted and no bicycle was located," DeVoe said.
Officers had to subdue him after he became combative with the River Vale Ambulance Corps, who took him to the hospital with a police escort, the sergeant said.
At the hospital he "again became combative and was restrained by hospital security," he said.
Paramus police were investigating the crash report. There were no charges in River Vale, DeVoe said.
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