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Road rage case starts in St. Petersburg, ends with arrest in Tampa

TAMPA — Two vehicles smashed into each three times Monday afternoon during a two-county road rage incident on Interstate 275, landing a man in jail, the Highway Patrol reported.

Eric Wade Glass, 42, and passenger Omar I. Jaber, 28, said they saw the driver of a maroon Chevrolet Malibu flip them off after they entered the interstate in St. Petersburg.

Girard Christopher Laws, 37, of St. Petersburg, started driving his Malibu next to Glass' truck, then veered into the truck near 38th Avenue, troopers said. As the vehicles reached the Howard Frankland Bridge, Laws did it again, twice.

Laws then pursued Glass and Jaber at speeds that neared 80 mph, Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said.

Glass exited the interstate into downtown Tampa and stopped outside the federal courthouse.

That's when the U.S. Marshals Service noticed the commotion.

State troopers and Tampa police got involved. Laws was charged with aggravated assault on a vehicle. Gaskins said the incident is under investigation, but it appears the two parties knew one another.

No one was injured.

Road rage case starts in St. Petersburg, ends with arrest in Tampa 01/12/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 12:00am]
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