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Road rage: Car-punching, kicking clogs North Bend traffic

A two-man confrontation stalled downtown traffic and left two cars worse for wear in North Bend on Thursday, Oct. 6.

North Bend Police are investigating the apparent road rage incident, which happened around 3:30 p.m. on Bendigo Boulevard.

According to an eyewitness, several cars were lined up at the stoplight on Bendigo when one man, the passenger of a Ford Fusion in the line, got out of his vehicle and walked up behind the driver’s side of the next car, a Mini Cooper. The man, an Upper Valley resident, began yelling at the driver, then kicked the driver’s rear-view mirror off the car, breaking it off and sending it flying into the air. He then started to return to his vehicle.

In response, the Cooper driver got out of his vehicle, walked back to the Ford, and drove his fist into its hood, the witness stated.

The men began posturing for a physical fight. This activity further obstructed traffic, but both men soon retreated to their vehicles. The local man’s car left the scene, but the driver of the other car called police.

Another witness had already called police at 3:34 p.m., Police Chief Mark Toner said, and when he arrived on the scene at 3:37 p.m., the driver was still on the phone with the 9-1-1 dispatcher. The driver of the Cooper, who is from out of the area, told Toner he didn’t know why the confrontation started.

Toner has spoken with both drivers, and decided not to charge either party with disorderly conduct. Each driver will pay for the damages to his own vehicle.

 

 

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