Road rage leads to arrest |

Road rage leads to arrest

Christina Proctor

Road rage turned violent Monday when a man punched out a window of another driver’s car, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Jeffrey Chavez, 41, of South Lake Tahoe, was taken into custody on suspicion of vandalism and battery.

Joseph Hunt, 17, said he was at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Third Street around 2:25 p.m. when a driver began tailgating his car. Hunt said Chavez followed him through the Sierra Tract, honking and shouting profanities. While he was waiting at the stoplight at Black Bart Avenue and Pioneer Trail, Chavez allegedly got out of his truck and approached Hunt’s car yelling profanities.

Concerned for his safety, Hunt told investigators that he rolled up his window and locked the door. Chavez allegedly punched his hand through the window shattering the glass. Flying glass fragments cut Hunt’s hands and face, deputies said. Chavez then returned to his vehicle. The 17-year-old followed Chavez and took down the license plate number, which was personalized with the driver’s last name.

Investigators traced the plate to Chavez. Hunt made a citizen’s arrest of Chavez.

Investigators said Chavez claimed Hunt had cut him off.

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