The Washington State Patrol says a driver involved in a weekend road rage incident where a man lost his foot has been arrested.
Trooper Todd Bartolac says the driver of a BMW 740, Jeffrey Giblin, left the scene following Saturday's incident but turned himself into authorities Wednesday. He was booked into Pierce County Jail on investigation of felony assault and other charges.
Bartolac said Giblin and the driver of a Tesla got into a road dispute that carried on for miles Saturday afternoon. It ended near Interstate 5 in Tacoma when Giblin hit his brakes and forced the Tesla off the road. A verbal altercation ensued.
The trooper says a passenger in the Tesla was standing between both cars when the BMW driver put his car in reverse. The News Tribune says the victim, Marine veteran Abel Loredo, tried to jump up but his foot was crushed.
Loredo underwent surgery and his foot was amputated.
"I can no longer be able to run with my daughter or take a walk on the waterfront, or do the things I was used to doing. All because someone got upset," he said.
Loredo said he hopes to head home Friday he credits family and faith for his optimism.
“I'm just trying to keep high spirits and high hope, and the people of this city have embraced me,” he added.
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