Man will pay for road rage |

Man will pay for road rage

Christina Proctor

A 41-year-old man was ordered Friday to pay fines and restitution for his part in a road rage incident.

Jeffrey Chavez pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of battery and was placed on two years probation. Chavez was arrested Sept. 27 after he followed Joseph Hunt, 17, tried to get Hunt to fight him and then punched out the window on Hunt’s car.

Chavez told the court that Hunt cut him off twice and then made an obscene gesture. Chavez admitted that he lost his temper.

“I didn’t realize he was a minor. I thought, OK we’ll handle this the old-fashioned way,” Chavez said. “I’m definitely remorseful.”

Hunt told investigators that Chavez began tailgating his car at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Third Street. Hunt said Chavez followed him through the Sierra Tract, honking and shouting profanities. While Hunt was waiting at the stoplight at Black Bart Avenue and Pioneer Trail, Chavez approached Hunt’s truck.

Chavez was ordered to pay Hunt $113.70 for the broken window, and pay $500 to the court for fees and fines.

“I let my emotions get the best of me,” Chavez said outside the courtroom. “The bottom line is I was guilty of the assault. I did punch out the window … I’ve spent many sleepless nights worrying about this. I just wanted to get this behind me.”

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