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Man found guilty in road-rage incident

April 29, 1999

A Washington County Circuit jury on Wednesday found a Pennsylvania man guilty of second-degree assault and destruction of property in a road-rage incident a year ago.

Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone handed Mark E. Dobrick, 34, of Export, Pa., a three-year suspended prison sentence for the assault on Larry Lee Nally of Williamsport.

A concurrent three-year sentence was levied for destruction of property, court records said.

Nally told Maryland State Police on May 12, 1998, that he was run off the road by a tractor-trailer around 10:30 a.m. as he exited northbound Interstate 81 at Maugans Avenue.

Nally, of 17612 Homewood Road, told police he entered the interstate at Halfway Boulevard and noticed a green tractor-trailer behind him.

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The rig followed him closely and as they both went off the Maugans Avenue exit, the trucker tried to run Nally off the road.

Both vehicles stopped and the trucker got out of his rig, approached Nally and hit him in the mouth. He also kicked Nally's car door before getting back into his truck and driving into Pennsylvania.

Nally got the truck's license number and the name of the company and tracked down the truck and then the driver. Dobrick was charged on a Maryland warrant.

"I was really pleased with how it turned out - this is one road-rage driver that probably won't do that again," Nally said.

In addition to the convictions, Dobrick was placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay $1,082 in restitution to Nally.

"I really didn't want him to lose his livelihood and go to jail," Nally said. "But this was no accident."

- Marlo Barnhart

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