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Tailgating gets man probation

April 19, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man who scared a woman by tailgating and rear-ending her vehicle last spring was sentenced to probation Wednesday.

Jerry Ted Benchoff, 45, of 14942 Buchanan Trail East, was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of recklessly endangering another in connection with an incident on Buchanan Trail East last May.

As part of an agreement, Benchoff pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault and will not be prosecuted on the other charges.

According to court records, Benchoff was westbound on Buchanan Trail East around 12:30 a.m. on May 4 when he suddenly slammed on his brakes and pulled to the side of the road.

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Christine Corsley, of Waynesboro, was traveling behind Benchoff. She said she passed by his vehicle but saw that he pulled back onto the roadway and began tailgating her, court records said.

Benchoff's vehicle then rammed the rear of the victim's car and followed her at speeds of up to 80 mph, court records said.

He eventually left the victim alone and was picked up by police later that day based on a description of his vehicle and its registration provided by the victim, according to court records.

Franklin County Judge Douglas Herman sentenced Benchoff to serve 24 months of probation.

The victim did not address the court, but Herman referenced a statement she made.

"This has affected her sense of security and safety on the highways, particularly driving at night," he said.

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