Akron and Canton men trade insults while driving south into Canton.
CANTON Two men hurled obscenity-laced insults at one another as they drove south on Interstate 77 until one of them hurled a putty knife through the car window, striking the other man in the face.
Then the chase was on.
Police believe the injured man followed his assailant to the off-ramp at Tuscarawas Street W just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. John Bosley of the Canton Police Department's Patrol Division.
Police believe the men know one another and that the road rage incident started as they drove south on the interstate, rolling side by side and yelling expletives at one another until, just south of the Belden Village exit, the 44-year-old man Canton man driving a Hyundai Sonata hurled a putty knife into the face of the 25-year-old Akron man, who was driving a pickup truck, Bosley said.
The Akron man was struck in the face, suffering a bruised eye and cut above it, Bosley said.
The Canton man sped away.
But the Akron man, who had a passenger that was not injured, went after him.
As the Canton man pulled up the off-ramp to Tuscarawas Street, the Akron man pulled up behind him. The Canton man got out of his car, yelled more obscenities at the victim and then sped away, heading west on Tuscarawas, Bosley said.
No charges had been filed as of Wednesday morning, but police continued to investigate.
The police reports did not say whether the Akron man received medical attention at the off-ramp or whether he was taken to an area hospital.
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