Albany driver arrested in 'road rage' defends self

Albany driver arrested in 'road rage' defends self

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by Mike Benner and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on April 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 7:01 PM

ALBANY, Ore -- An Albany man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a road rage incident that injured an 18-year-old woman. But he disputes the woman's version of the event.

Robert Ramsey, 45, was arrested Tuesday morning for assault, reckless endangering, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Ramsey said he was behind the wheel of his pickup truck Monday night when he made a legal lane change in rural Linn County, and it apparently upset a car full of teens behind him.

“I heard a commotion and I rolled down the window and stuck my head out and I could see fingers shaking at me,” he said.

Ramsey said the teens continued to follow him, passed him at one point and slamming on their brakes. Minutes later they were behind him again and they tapped his trailer, he said. He then pulled over and approached their car.

“The passenger was screaming all sorts of profanity which I was surprised to hear from young girls,” he said.

Eventually he returned to his truck. He said he heard the car’s engine and saw the car inching closer to him.

“I reached out with my left hand, which I’m right-handed, and I smacked the window with the palm of my hand,” he said.

Glass shattered everywhere. Cheyenne Ford, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, suffered cuts to her face. The teens called 911. They said Ramsey was the aggressor and punched Ford. They said he was the one yelling and cursing.

“We didn’t even touch his truck,” said Ford. “We came close after he slammed on his brakes. But we never touched his truck.”

Background: Teen says driver with road rage punched her

Ramsey vehemently disagrees. He said the teens were out to intimidate him and their version of events just does not add up.

“Basically the picture being painted is there is a crazy guy in a pickup and trailer running around punching innocent teens through the window and that’s not what happened.”

Deputies said Tuesday morning they had reviewed surveillance video from a nearby business, which led to Ramsey's arrest.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said the bottom line was that Ramsey hit the car window, shattered the glass and hurt a young woman.  For that, he will have to appear in court to face charges n May 7th.

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