A case of road rage led to a chase, a crash and a fight, according to a police report.
Police arrived in the 300 block of East Kline Street shortly before midnight Monday to find a car had hit a pole.
The car’s driver, Dylan Herrick, 19, of Crumlin Avenue, and his passenger, Joshua Meckulch, 20, of Churchill Road, were standing near it and appeared to be trying to stay away from two other people: Dominic Aurilio, 20, of Woodlawn Avenue, and Stephanie Russell, 19, of East Liberty Street.
The report said Meckulch had noticeable injuries to the left side of his head.
The officer who responded separated the four and spoke to Aurilio first, who said that after the crash, he tackled Meckulch on a nearby lawn and beat him. He told the officer Herrick ran up and kicked him in the head, the report says.
The report said Meckulch could not give details because he was too shaken from the crash and the assault, and he had to be treated by paramedics.
Herrick told the officer the road-rage episode started when Aurilio threw a bottle of water at their car, and they followed him so they could get his license number.
Aurilio stopped at the intersection of East Kline and St. Clair streets, and Herrick tried to pass him because he didn’t want a confrontation, Herrick told police.
Aurilio swerved at him, which caused him to lose control of his car, and that caused the crash, he told police.
Herrick told police Aurilio pulled Meckulch from the car after the crash. Meckulch got loose and ran, but Aurilio tackled him on the lawn. Herrick denied he got involved in the fight and said Aurilio got off Meckulch when neighbors approached.
Aurilio told police he and Russell were leaving Burger King on State Street when he noticed Herrick driving next to them somewhere between Liberty and Kline streets. Herrick swerved at them, and he threw the water bottle, he told police.
Aurilio turned on East Kline, Herrick chased him, passed on the left and hit the pole, Aurilio told police.
Police cited both men with reckless operation.
An ambulance took Meckulch to ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.