YCSO: Man arrested in road rage collision

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. -- A man was arrested on several felony charges Wednesday after the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office responded to a hit-and-run collision that apparently resulted from road rage.

Just after 3 p.m., sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Mountain View and Western drives in Cottonwood.

A 19-year-old man told deputies he was driving his grandfather's 2013 black Dodge Durango south on Highway 260, when a red Dodge pickup truck began tailgating him.

The driver of the pickup truck, later identified as 42-year-old Gary Lee Wolf, of Rimrock, reportedly passed the Durango at the Western Drive intersection and pulled into the left turn lane.

The Durango then pulled behind the pickup truck in the left turn lane. The 19-year-old man told deputies he was turning left to head home.

After making the turn, Wolf allegedly exited the pickup truck and waved his arms aggressively.

The driver of the Durango then reportedly suggested Wolf follow him home. He told deputies his intent was to have Wolf speak to his father.

When the Durango turned north onto Mountain View Drive from Western Drive, the pickup truck allegedly raced to catch up and collided with the front left side of the Durango.

The 19-year-old man obtained the license plate number of the pickup truck before losing sight of it. He and his 15-year-old sister, who was also riding in the Durango, provided deputies with a detailed description of the truck, Wolf and his passenger, the sheriff's office said.

Shortly after the incident was reported, a patrol sergeant saw the pickup truck on Cornville Road near Interstate 17 and conducted a traffic stop. He arrested the driver, Wolf, in connection with the incident.

The sheriff's office said deputies found physical evidence that Wolf's vehicle was involved in the collision with the Durango.

Wolf allegedly denied having any knowledge of the incident.

He was booked into Camp Verde Jail on two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of endangerment, and one count of criminal damage -- all felony charges.

He remained in custody Thursday on $4,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the collision and alleged confrontation is asked to call the sheriff's office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Refer to case number 13-043767.