Sunday, February 25, 2018
Public safety

Odessa man arrested in road rage incident

TRINITY — A 67-year-old man was attacked after a road rage dispute, but he landed a punch that ended the fight, authorities said.

The argument erupted May 24 at the intersection in front of the Medical Center of Trinity on State Road 54. The older man drove off, and Travis Cummings, 21, followed him to the parking lot of his bank, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

The two men exchanged words, and when the older man, Willard Hoffman, began to walk away, Cummings pushed him to the ground, the report said. Hoffman got up and Cummings pushed him down again, authorities said. When he got up a third time, Hoffman punched the younger man, who fled. Hoffman later identified Cummings from a photo lineup.

Cummings, of Odessa, was arrested Thursday and charged with battery on a person 65 years of age or older. He remained Friday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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