MASSAPEQUA - A Massapequa man is claiming he was beaten by an off-duty Nassau County police officer who lives in his neighborhood.

Chris Gabriele says the incident happened because he "screeched" his tires by the house of officer William Joie Tuesday night. The officer lives down the block from Gabriele's residence.

Gabriele says he was in his own driveway when Joie came up to him, punched him in the face and then slammed him into the garage door.

Gabriele says he called 911, hoping police could help him, but he claims when responding officers from the 7th Precinct got to his house, they recognized the off-duty officer and refused to act. In fact, Gabriele says they threatened to arrest him if he reported the incident.

Many neighbors, however, have described Joie as a good man and said that Gabriele is the problem in the area, frequently speeding up and down the street.

The District Attorney's Office says it is investigating the incident.