NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (May 22, 2023) – The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent road rage incident where a man on a motorcycle reportedly flashed a gun at a female driver.
Sheriff Orvis Campbell says the woman reported the incident on Stonecreek Road Southwest in New Philadelphia Friday around 1 in the afternoon.
“We received a 9-1-1 call from a female who had reported that male on a motorcycle had pulled a gun on her. She had stated she felt she had been chased up Stonecreek Road up towards the city of New Philadelphia by the male.”
Campbell says the woman said she did not know the motorcyclist. Deputies obtained surveillance videos from businesses in the area that have helped them identify a suspect.
“They are attempting to enhance it a little bit, but have potentially developed someone of interest and they’re following up on that now.”
Campbell says road rage continues to be an area of concern.
“It seems like people are quick to lose their cool, having a lack of patience [leading to] a lot of roadway incidents. There have of course been numerous deadly incidents of road rage nation wide.
“Road rage has always been a big concern of ours. It seems like there are a lot more cars on the road, which means that it takes a lot longer to get from Point A to Point B, and people don’t seem to exercise the patience needed to do that.”
In the past 10 days, two drivers have been shot and killed in apparent road rage cases on interstates in Ohio. One incident happened on Wednesday on I-76 near Akron, and another a week ago Saturday on I-75 in Cincinnati.