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Road rage combatants rumble in Woodbury

Two men allegedly wielded weapons late last month in separate Woodbury road rage incidents.

The first road-rage incident spilled over into a Woodbury fast-food parking lot, where a man allegedly smacked another motorist's vehicle with his cane.

According to a police report, a Maplewood man was attempting to exit onto County Road 19 from Interstate 94 when his vehicle was cut off by a minivan. The Maplewood man was able to get in front of the minivan and observed the passenger - a River Falls, Wis., man - waving his middle finger and "shaking his cane" at him.

The Maplewood man followed the minivan to the Norma Lane Burger King parking lot "to see what the passenger wanted," the report states. The River Falls man got out of the vehicle and struck the Maplewood man's vehicle with his cane, leaving a small dent.

Police caught up with the suspect vehicle parked at another Woodbury store in a handicapped stall. The suspect told police the other driver had cut off his wife in traffic, so he leaned over and honked the vehicle's horn while she drove. He admitted to shaking the cane and giving him "the finger," the report states.

The River Falls man also admitted to getting out of the vehicle at Burger King with his cane, saying he felt threatened by the other driver, but admitting he was the first to exit his vehicle.

Police said both people were advised of "poor behavior" and that charges were pending.

The second incident occurred Jan. 23 when a road rage incident brought to motorists to a parking lot in the 7400 block of Currell Boulevard, where one man allegedly brandished a knife.

The two motorists - a Woodbury man and a New Richmond, Wis., man - exchanged profanities, according to witnesses. The Woodbury man got out and attempted to block the New Richmond man from exiting his car.

The New Richmond man kicked his way out. After he got out, the Woodbury man produced a knife and grabbed the other man near his collar.

Witnesses told the two to break up the scuffle, which prompted the suspect to close the knife. The suspected was later apprehended by police.

"The subject admitted he pulled the knife and that it was not a good idea," a police report states.

The Woodbury man was arrested and jailed on suspicion of fifth-degree assault.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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