Florida cops say an angry driver followed a motorcyclist home. “I’m going to run you over”
A driver yelled at a motorcyclist, then followed him home and hit him with his truck, the Florida sheriff’s office said.
A motorcyclist was stopped at an intersection outside the Cyprus Wood Golf Community in Winter Haven on Jan. 23 when a truck stopped in the middle of the intersection, according to an affidavit from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The truck driver, 58-year-old Michael Baez, began yelling at the motorcyclist, but he had headphones on and only heard part of what Baez said, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies said Baez shouted, “You’re endangering others, I’m going to run you over, I’m going to run you off the road,” at the motorcyclist.
The sheriff’s office said the motorcyclist ignored him and drove the truck home.
The motorcyclist returned home, entered his garage and got off his motorcycle, then saw Baez pulling into his driveway, according to the affidavit.
Deputies said Baez got out of the truck to confront him.
The motorcyclist told Baez he had a knife and would use it to defend himself, according to the affidavit.
Baez returned to his truck, and as the motorcyclist was trying to take pictures of Baez’s license plate, Baez hit the gas and collided with him, the sheriff’s office said.
“(The motorcyclist) said Baez then reversed the vehicle and had to exit the road to avoid another (crash),” the sheriff’s office said. “(He) stated that he did not make any threatening statement to Baez to place Baez in fear for his life to commit these acts.”
The sheriff’s office said a neighbor witnessed the scene and told deputies he saw Baez hit the motorcyclist and then flee the house in his truck.
The motorcyclist suffered a dislocated ankle and a “minor disfigurement” after the collision, according to the affidavit.
Baez was arrested on a charge of attempted murder with a weapon, the sheriff’s office said.
Winter Haven is located about 60 miles east of Tampa.