2 People Charged Following Funeral Procession Road Rage Incident

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Police said that a funeral procession near Sandusky was interrupted by road rage when a nephew of the man who died retaliated against a driver who witnesses said cut in and out of the procession.

Perkins Township police said that 33-year-old Michael Mullins, of Tipp City, yelled at the driver the first time he cut in. Chief Tim McClung said that the driver, 35-year-old Robert Buathier, of Sandusky, responded with an obscene hand gesture.

McClung said that Mullins came to the end of the procession, jumped out of his car and started punching Buathier and his Camaro. The car's windshield and T-top were broken.

Mullins is charged with assault and vandalism. Buathier was cited for failure to yield for a funeral procession. Both have been released pending court hearings.

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