Road rage blamed for damage to Norridge man’s vehicle in Park Ridge
Updated: June 18, 2012 8:40AM
A possible case of road rage allegedly led a man to damage another driver’s vehicle after he reportedly followed the car from the Harwood Heights-Chicago border to a store in Park Ridge.
Park Ridge Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen said a 43-year-old Norridge man reported that on April 24 he was leaving a parking lot at Harlem and Foster avenues when another vehicle cut him off in traffic and the driver shouted ethnic slurs at him.
When both vehicles were stopped the driver of the other car reportedly approached the victim and continued yelling at him.
The Norridge man then drove away but told police that he realized he was being followed, Jogmen said.
The man parked his car outside Walgreens, 800 W. Devon Ave., Park Ridge, and when he returned to the vehicle after visiting the store he discovered his windshield wiper had been broken off and paint was scratched on the rear passenger-side door, Jogmen said.
While the man was filing a police report a witness contacted the Police Department to report seeing a man break off the car’s windshield wiper, Jogmen said.
License-plate information from the suspect’s vehicle led investigators to arrest Karl Seiler, 46, of the 2900 block of Curtis, Des Plaines, on April 27.
Seiler was charged with criminal damage to property. His bond was set at $1,000 and he has a June 13 court date.