‘Aggressive driver’ shot at car during I-271 road rage incident, Pepper Pike police say

Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 10:51 AM EDT
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PEPPER PIKE, Ohio (WOIO) - Police said an aggressive driver followed another vehicle into Pepper Pike before firing shots in a recent road rage incident.

The road rage suspect pursued the victim’s vehicle for approximately 20 miles from the Ohio Turnpike onto I-271 northbound before shooting several gunshots.

Lt. Jim Colbert of the Pepper Pike Police said he has noticed that, nationally, reports of shots fired during road rage incidents are starting an upward trend but he was surprised to see a road rage incident last a full 20 minutes.

“It gets to a point where you fear for your safety call 911, call us as soon as possible you don’t want it to go on for 20 minutes,” Lt. Colbert said.

According to Colbert, it was beyond fortunate that nobody was struck or injured by the gunfire, but one of the rounds hit the victim’s tire and flattened it.

“You could go down so many roads and see all the issues that could have occurred because of it,” he said, “We’re very lucky that it was just a tire that was flattened and nobody was injured.”

The gunman is still at large.

Police offered several suggestions for drivers who end up in a road rage situation:

  • Don’t engage
  • Don’t return hand gestures or remarks
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Keep seatbelt fastened in case the other driver attempts to cause impact
  • Call 911

Pepper Pike police also suggested investing in a low-cost dash camera to record any potential incidents while driving.

“We have found these to be incredibly helpful when drivers give conflicting statements during incidents and accidents,” Pepper Pike police wrote on social media.

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