LORAIN — A Lorain man was arrested Thursday after witnesses said he was involved in a road rage incident Wednesday night.
At 12:36 a.m., police were sent to Cooper Foster Road and Broadway for a tan Chevy Blazer that was being chased by a black Honda two-door vehicle. Police said they were informed by dispatch that the two vehicles were traveling westbound on state Route 2.
Lorain police arrived at the scene to find the Honda pulled over by an Amherst officer. The driver was identified as 20-year-old Matthew Duncan, and police said Duncan smelled of alcohol and was stumbling on the side of the road.
Police said Duncan’s blood-alcohol content was 0.151, almost twice the legal limit of 0.08. He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle impaired, failure to control and reckless operation.
Police spoke with Mark Barnes and Matthew Barnes who said they were driving in the Blazer near Broadway and 28th Street when the Honda pulled next to them, and the vehicle’s passengers began yelling.
According to the report, someone inside the Honda then threw a beer can, striking Barnes’ vehicle.
Mark Barnes told police the two chased the vehicle to get the Honda’s license plate. The Honda eventually stopped, and Mark Barnes called police to file a complaint.
Mark Barnes said the occupants of the Honda then got out of the vehicle and charged toward them, so he sprayed a can of Mace at one of the men near his vehicle. He said the person then returned to the car and began throwing beer cans at the Blazer.
According to the report, Barnes was told to contact the Lorain prosecutor to pursue criminal damaging charges against Matthew Duncan and Jay Duncan, who was one of the passengers in the vehicle.
During their investigation, police also arrested Jesse Ray Bender, 20, of Amherst, who officers suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, but Bender refused to take a breath test. Officers did not say whether Bender was involved in the road rage incident.
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