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Old 01-23-2010, 09:46 AM
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I had an incident today where I pissed someone off driving- they were tailgating me for some time and when the I slowed to 25 mph (the speed limit dropped) they began flashing their lights and honking, then they passed me, got out of their vehicle, approached mine and told me to get out. As soon as traffic was out of the way I drove off, and the guy punched my rear trunklid as I went by. I was on the phone with police at this point and got the guys plate #. After he passed me he then got out of his vehicle again and tried the same stunt, but since there was no traffic he couldn't get near me to do anything.

I just checked my vehicle and there is a dent where he punched it. Should I press charges? The police said the ball is in my court.

The problem is this guy obviously has some serious problems and I would rather not expose my family to him- which I assume would happen if I did decide to press charges.

The guy's wife was in the passenger seat FREAKING out screaming at him the entire time.

My 18 month old daughter was in the backseat, just glad to have kept cool and collective the entire time, just goes to show you that some people are on the breaking edge.

This has never happened to me before, any input?
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:51 AM
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I would contact the DA's office for guidance.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:55 AM
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I cant believe the cop didnt do it on his own considering the infant in the car. I know alot of people like yourself are wanting to brush it off and forget about it , but what happens next time and it is the same scenario and he runs the next family ( with an infant ) off the road ? im still pissed off more at the cop for not getting more invloved
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The problem is this guy obviously has some serious problems and I would rather not expose my family to him- which I assume would happen if I did decide to press charges.
Everyone says and thinks that so "people" like him get away with it. Until the next time when they put someone's daughter, wife, or mother in the hospital or grave.

Think of it this way...your daughter could've been 18 YEARS old, in the front seat, driving, and alone...

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Old 01-23-2010, 09:58 AM
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I'd press charges, but if you don't keep right except to pass, you'll probably end up pissing more people off in the future.
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Originally Posted by 2005FishermanWinner View Post
I cant believe the cop didnt do it on his own considering the infant in the car. I know alot of people like yourself are wanting to brush it off and forget about it , but what happens next time and it is the same scenario and he runs the next family ( with an infant ) off the road ? im still pissed off more at the cop for not getting more invloved

The problem was the police couldn't locate him and I didn't want to keep following him and escalate the situation. They called me and left a message that it was up to me to press charges if I wanted to.
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Road rage is a crime in most states and should be pursued by the state (local police). You shouldn't be the one to press the charge but would be ask to testify.
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I'd press charges, but if you don't keep right except to pass, you'll probably end up pissing more people off in the future.
This was a single lane road and I was doing 5-10 mph over the speed limit. When I slowed down for the 25 mph zone the guy lost it- and no, I didn't slam my brakes on or any of that crap, not with my 18 month old in the back.

But thanks for your input.
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Maybe the next time he gets out of his car he'll get hit, atleast we can hope. You have to do what you feel is best for your family. Can't say you should put them at risk to try to fix an asshole, when it may or may not have any effect. Tough call. Glad to hear you got out of it with only a dent.

I predict this will be a lively discussion.
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I'd press charges, but if you don't keep right except to pass, you'll probably end up pissing more people off in the future.
Brilliant advice considering he was in a 25 mph speed zone LOL
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Yep, I imagine before the thread is over I will be called the asshole! Either way, I think your right, do what is best for my family, which unfortunately may be to ignore that it ever happened.

One day the guy will do this again and meet the end of a revolver, or be run over.
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This was a single lane road and I was doing 5-10 mph over the speed limit. When I slowed down for the 25 mph zone the guy lost it- and no, I didn't slam my brakes on or any of that crap, not with my 18 month old in the back.

But thanks for your input.
That's why I was careful not to accuse you of not keeping right.
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Originally Posted by 2005FishermanWinner View Post
Brilliant advice considering he was in a 25 mph speed zone LOL
Did you miss this part?

"then I slowed to 25 mph (the speed limit dropped)"

Again (for the reading comprehension challenged) I never said that he had done anything wrong in this case.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:29 AM
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You have vehicle damage caused by him... Press Charges!
He also had "road rage" which probably can't be proven without witnesses, but it'll help your case. Let him pay for repairs, get a few insurance and/or license points. Maybe he'll get the message.

Oh... aren't you now having to seek help to get over this dudes scare? Dang, that can last a long time to cure and get pretty costly..
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This has never happened to me before, any input?
Nor me, luckly for the road rage people out there.....or the 40 will be pulled.
Your lucky it wasn't some punk w/ a gun trying to make a name for himself.
But I may be overly protective?
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I had an incident today where I pissed someone off driving- they were tailgating me for some time and when the I slowed to 25 mph (the speed limit dropped) they began flashing their lights and honking, then they passed me, got out of their vehicle, approached mine and told me to get out. As soon as traffic was out of the way I drove off, and the guy punched my rear trunklid as I went by. I was on the phone with police at this point and got the guys plate #. After he passed me he then got out of his vehicle again and tried the same stunt, but since there was no traffic he couldn't get near me to do anything.

I just checked my vehicle and there is a dent where he punched it. Should I press charges? The police said the ball is in my court.

The problem is this guy obviously has some serious problems and I would rather not expose my family to him- which I assume would happen if I did decide to press charges.

The guy's wife was in the passenger seat FREAKING out screaming at him the entire time.

My 18 month old daughter was in the backseat, just glad to have kept cool and collective the entire time, just goes to show you that some people are on the breaking edge.

This has never happened to me before, any input?
My first question would be what did you do to piss him off and was his reaction justified?????I have done things close to this (slapped someones car...confronted them.....ever cussed out a pregnant lady) never done any property damage but in those instances my actions paled (IMO) to the actions of the driver I confronted. BTW I did it intentionally and deliberately not out of anger.......
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a few days ago the same thing happened but my wife was driving. some punk A$$ kid probably in his early 20s started tailgating her and then tried cutting her off the road. at the light he rolled down his window and started screaming, and decided he would be a tough guy and get out.lucky for my wife i was in the passenger seat. i got out off the truck (im about 6ft 230lbs) asked him if he had a problem the guy looked at me apologized and walked back to his car.
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If I had any family member in my car and this happened, I would put my ego on a back burner to protect my family. I carry a firearm legally and would use it as an absolute LAST RESORT, not to play Rambo.
I'll be the first to admit, I turn into a total wimp when I have my young daughter with me.
Too many loose cannons out there who wouldn't think twice to end your life. Then there own soon after.
I would press charges. How many times has he done this before and no one did anything about it? The next time (or time after that) he does this and has charges against him, the judge will see a pattern and take the appropriate action.
As stated earlier, what if he completely loses it and runs someone off the road and kills them? What if he recognizes you the next time tries to run you down? What if he recognizes your car and your wife is driving?
Just be thankful you don't live in a state of absolute misery as this clown does.
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the new law in Fla you could have shot him and been within your rights
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Tough call! Bring in the cops and he'll certainly get a
mild to moderate wrist slap! Forget about it and you
might just read about him getting shot from some other
irate A-hole!
Maybe he's just another Patriots fan in a bad mood!
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