3/9/2015 10:11:35 AM
I was driving somewhere on Saturday that required the use of the highway. Traffic was a bit heavy as people were trying to get onto I4 to go to the Strawberry Festival, but the left lanes were clear.
Until this jackass pulled out of the slow lanes to try to get 2 cars ahead and comes to a dead stop.
He got the horn, I got the finger – and then he went full road rage.
This guy pulled out of line, missed his turn intentionally, and started chasing me. In my rearview I could see him signaling for me to pull over (along with various other hand gestures that wouldn’t be welcomed in church). If I changed lanes, he changed lanes. He was waving his phone around then made a call, like he was calling the cops or something, but all I know was that he had lost his mind and I was going to be in a bad situation should he decide to follow me to my actual destination.
My exit was miles away, so I didn’t feel the need to call the cops yet, but that was my plan. If he followed me to my exit, I’d have made a call and see if I could get a cop to meet me at a specific location to pull over at. It wasn’t necessary because the guy’s rage eventually had to give way to the fact he had to be somewhere else & he took another exit.
There was no way I was pulling over. No court is going to consider you innocent for pulling over on the highway to let Mr. Rage threaten you. You’d be putting yourself in that situation when you had a perfectly safe avenue to leave. Even if this guy had managed to meet me at my destination without a cop being there & I was perfectly in the clear to defend myself, it would have been tens of thousands of dollars in lawyer & court costs and who knows how the media would play it out (although he was a white guy & I’m not, so I might have had that going for me).
Plus, who knows if he was armed.
Just not worth it. Even though the ‘animal’ part of my brain was going ‘you could take him!!!’, the logical part kept things calm & cool. There’s no need to get into violence over something so trifling and as an armed person, it’s always in my best interest to avoid such situations as much as humanly possible.
I hope that dude gets some serious help though.