A man was hurt Friday after a witness said he tried to stop a motorist from leaving what was described as a road rage incident in a Hempfield shopping plaza, according to court papers.
State police made an arrest within 20 minutes after finding the suspect in Hempfield Plaza along Route 30. Derek R. Walters, 41, of Hempfield, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, reckless endangerment and related offenses.
Troopers were called at 10:30 a.m. and found the injured man being treated by Mutual Aid paramedics. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of road rash and a cut on his head, police said.
The man told investigators that Walters tried to pass him on Hempfield Plaza Boulevard, which runs behind Walmart and Sam’s Club, according to court papers. A confrontation between the two motorists ensued nearby in a parking lot and Walters retrieved a tire iron, which police said he used to hit the other man’s vehicle.
The injured man attempted to stop Walters from leaving the scene by holding on to his Jeep Cherokee but was dragged by the SUV as Walters drove away, according to court papers.