Resident charged in road rage incident

Roy Abramowitz, 65, of 581 Laurel St., was charged on Wednesday, April 24, with breach of peace and issued several motor vehicle infractions.

Police said officers were dispatched to South Avenue and Farm Road around 7:30 p.m. after a complaint from a 50-year-old Averill Park, N.Y., driver and one from Abramowitz.

According to the New York man, police said, Abramowitz tailgated him going north on South Avenue, flashed his high beams, unsuccessfully attempted to pass him by going into the southbound lane and then retreated; and pulled into the left-hand turn lane and cut in front of him at the light at Farm Road. He told police he had been traveling about 25 mph up South Avenue, a 30-mph zone, when Abramowitz came up behind him.

The New York man told police Abramowitz got out of his car yelling, which was when the man instructed his passenger to call the police, according to the report.

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Abramowitz told police a different story, according to the report, saying that after he flashed his high beams, the complainant "brake checked" him, causing Abramowitz to slam on his brakes, with the car behind nearly hitting him. Abramowitz also told police he got into the turn lane by accident, according to the report, and when he realized he couldn't go straight, got back into the proper lane at the stoplight. He also said the other driver got out of his vehicle first, whereupon he called the police, according to police.

After Abramowitz and the New York man and his two passengers completed sworn statements of the incident, officers charged Abramowitz with a misdemeanor count of breach of the peace and issued infractions for failure to drive right, following too closely, improper use of high beams and passing in a no-passing zone.

Abramowitz was released on a written promise to appear in court on Thursday, May 2.