Valpo road rage incident has both parties accusing each other
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent December 3, 2012 3:32PM
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Updated: December 3, 2012 9:24PM
VALPARAISO — A 17-year-old was arrested for battery and an 18-year-old for criminal mischief Friday night, for actions police described as road rage.
Each told police he believed the other was following him.
Riley Reed, 18, told police he was returning home at about 10:50 p.m. Friday, to a subdivision southwest of Valparaiso, when he saw a red BMW parked along Indiana 2 on property his family owns. After Reed turned his motorcycle around to check on the car, it left but soon appeared to be following him into Emerald Ridge, he said. While driving around so the BMW couldn’t follow him home, Reed said, its driver threw a glass cup at him, striking him in the left hand.
After this happened on Arran Quay Terrace, Reed said he followed the BMW out of the subdivision and “around some back country roads” until it stopped at City View and Smoke Road. Reed admitted approaching the car and hitting its rear bumper with his motorcycle helmet so hard that its visor broke. The BMW went forward again and Reed kept following until they reached a stoplight at U.S. 30 and Sturdy Road. This time, Reed said, he punched the car’s driver’s side mirror with his right fist. Then realizing his left hand was bleeding from the thrown glass, he said, he went home and called police. He needed seven stitches.
Police found the red BMW with a broken taillight and passenger-side mirror in the 100 block of Marks Road, in Valparaiso.
Its 17-year-old driver and his female passenger told police they pulled over into the driveway along Indiana 2 because they believed the motorcycle was following them.
The driver admitted throwing the cup at motorcycle’s driver, according to the police report, then heading out of the subdivision and trying to lose him as the man hit their vehicle when they stopped at a stop sign and later a red light.
The BMW’s driver will be charged in juvenile court with battery and criminal recklessness. Reed was not arrested but will be charged with criminal recklessness.