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Rudy Estes

Rudy Estes

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Updated: August 18, 2014 9:55AM



PORTER COUNTY — A pickup driver allegedly battered a bicyclist for flipping him off, police said. The altercation took place about 3 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of County Roads 250W and 750S, about halfway between Kouts and Hebron.

A witness told police the westbound truck cut off the southbound bicyclist. The driver, Rudey Estes, 59, of rural Hebron, later told police he thought he had time to make it through the intersection. When he saw the 63-year-old Kouts man on the bicycle make the gesture, Estes stopped in the road and got out of his pickup, police said.

The man got off his bike, keeping it between Estes and himself, but Estes allegedly grabbed the bicycle and threw it at the victim, then punched him in the face before the two men started fighting on the ground, according to the police report. Estes said he was holding the other man to the ground because he was “acting all crazy.” Highway workers separated the two.

Both men received minor facial injuries, but Estes was the only one with offensive injuries on his knuckles, police said. Estes was arrested for misdemeanor battery.



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