Driver uses truck as weapon in road rage altercation
A truly bizarre road rage incident has resulted in a criminal investigation, with police requesting police assistance identifying the perpetrator, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
“On Aug. 21, at 12:05 p.m. Trail and Greater District RCMP received a complaint about a road rage incident which began in the parking lot located in the 8100 block of Hwy 3B, in Trail,” Wicentowich said.
“A 56-year-old husband and 50-year-old wife attended a coffee shop in the area when a man started berating them about how their vehicle was parked. The suspect then tried to pick a fight, without success. The couple left the area and were followed by the suspect in his truck onto Hwy 3B. The suspect in his truck passed the couple’s vehicle very closely at a high rate of speed which resulted in the side mirrors of the vehicles clipping each other.”
The suspect truck’s side mirror was destroyed in the collision – but it didn’t end there.
“The truck then turned around at the intersection of Hwy 3B and Carnation Drive, drove at the couple’s vehicle during another near miss attempt before fleeing eastbound toward Fruitvale,” Wicentowich said.
“We see road rage issues in the Greater Trail area quite frequently, but to actually use your vehicle as a weapon, resulting in two-near misses is incredibly unusual, and we think (the suspect) may still be in the area,” he added.
“The Trail RCMP were notified, conducted patrols for the truck, and sent a Be On the Lookout For (BOLF) to other RCMP detachments to search for man and his truck.”
The suspect’s vehicle is described as an older white Chevrolet pick up truck with a black bumper, dent behind the driver’s door, and an Alberta licence plate on the rear (no front plate). One of side mirror is damaged from the above collision.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this truck, or know the identity of the suspect driver, please contact the Trail Detachment at 250-364-2566 to speak to an investigator.