Elderly Chesterton man tries to get revenge on driver who cut him off
CHESTERTON — Seemingly oblivious to a Porter County squad car in the lane next to him, a 77-year-old man sought revenge on another driver.
At about 3:30 p.m. Friday, while sitting in traffic in the right-turn lane on Indian Boundary Road at Indiana 49, the Chesterton man in a Chrysler minivan repeatedly honked and drove right up to the back of a Honda CRV driven by a 19-year-old woman from Sheboygan, Wis. When the light turned green and the Honda turned onto Indiana 49, the minivan followed closely behind, said the officer, who changed lanes to follow them.
Now that they were moving, the 77-year-old man passed the Honda and deliberately cut back in front of it, nearly hitting the woman’s vehicle. He then slammed on his brakes, and the woman swerved onto the shoulder of the road to avoid a crash.
When the officer stopped both vehicles, the woman told police she was lost and accidentally cut off the male driver’s vehicle while changing lanes. The older driver, however, reportedly admitted his aggressive driving was deliberate: That he cut her off and slammed on the brakes because she did it to him first and he “was mad and was trying to convey that to her,” police said.
He was charged with reckless driving and given a ticket with a court date in lieu being arrested, police said.