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Man convicted of assault in 'road rage' incident

August 21, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

A Washington County Circuit Court jury convicted a man of two counts of second-degree assault Thursday in a road rage incident that happened in downtown Hancock last November.

Gary G. Nutter, 56, of the 13500 block of Locker Road, also was found guilty of reckless driving and failure to drive right of center, court records said.

Judge John H. McDowell ordered sentencing delayed pending the results of an alcohol and drug evaluation.

Crystal Hensley, of 14607 White Oak Ridge, Hancock, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 24, 1998, when she came to a yellow light on Pennsylvania Avenue at Main Street, according to her testimony.

Nutter was behind her in a pickup truck when she stopped and while the light turned from yellow to red and then to green when she turned east onto Main Street.

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"He started yelling at us when we were stopped while the light was still red," Hensley said. "He was revving his engine and yelling out the window."

Hensley's husband, Gary, testified he leaned out his passenger side window and yelled back at Nutter but denied getting out of the car.

After the turn, Nutter followed the Hensley car closely, finally passing it on a double-yellow line and veering back into the right lane, causing Hensley to hit two parked cars, according to testimony.

Hancock Police Officer Michael Ruppenkamp testified that he responded to the accident that evening.

"Nutter said 'These kids need to be taught a lesson,' and I told him to get back in his vehicle," Ruppenkamp said.

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