Man gets suspended term in road rage case

August 23, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

A road rage incident last December resulted in an 18-month suspended jail sentence Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Jeffrey Owen Jacobs, 20, of 13318 Unger Road, pleaded guilty to destruction of property and reckless driving before Judge Frederick C. Wright III. Assault charges were dropped in exchange for the pleas.

In addition to the suspended sentence, Jacobs was placed on probation for one year and ordered to pay $611 in restitution to the victim, court records said.

The incident began around 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Smithsburg area when Jacobs began following the victim and his family in their vehicle, court records said.


At one point, Jacobs pulled in front of the victim's vehicle on Water Street, got out and began cursing at the occupants, records said.

The property damage occurred when Jacobs used a knife to damage the window of the victim's vehicle, court records said.

After the window was damaged, the victim put his car in reverse, backing up until he was in front of the Smithsburg Police Department, court records said.

At that point, the police advised the victim to go to the District Court commissioner's office to file charges.

On the way into Hagerstown, Jacobs again tried to run the victim's vehicle off the road, court records said.

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