, Salem, MA

November 7, 2013

Salem police probe road-rage incidents

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police fielded multiple reports of road-rage incidents on Tuesday, with motorists cutting each other off, honking, yelling and at least once kicking a vehicle.

The first report came about 6:45 p.m., when a woman showed up at the police station lobby to report an incident that had occurred near 133 Highland Ave. a short while before, according to the incident log. The woman said a vehicle in traffic ahead of her had stopped short, forcing her to do the same and then quickly change lanes.

In doing so, she accidentally cut off another vehicle. The man driving the other vehicle then “sped up and cut her off and forced her to stop,” police wrote. Then, he got out of the vehicle and began yelling at the woman, as did his female passenger.

The woman provided police with a license plate, and an officer planned on trying to speak to the two people.

Another report came in about 7 p.m., when a man on Paradise Road reported that a man in a dark-colored sedan had been “honking his horn at him and driving very close to the back of his car” as the two were on Loring Avenue earlier in the night.

“There was no damage, and no one was injured,” police wrote.

Police in Peabody also received a report of a road-rage incident on Tuesday, this one involving a male kicking a female’s vehicle during an altercation in the parking lot of the Bill and Bob’s restaurant on Central Street about 5:30 p.m.

The two vehicles fled down Lowell Street after the incident, and police were unable to locate them.