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Police: S. Idaho road-rage driver caused couple’s car to roll

April 26, 2017 GMT

SUBLETT — A Utah man engaged in a road-rage dispute with an Oregon couple on Interstate 84 in South Idaho ran the couple’s SUV off the road, then tried unsuccessfully to get into the SUV where the injured couple was trapped after rolling several times, police said.

Marco Antonio Garcia-Garcia, 27, of Salt Lake City was arraigned Friday in Cassia County Magistrate Court on two counts of aggravated battery.

Police say the incident happened about 7:30 a.m. Thursday on I-84 north of the Utah border when Garcia-Garcia rammed the Oregon couple’s Toyota Highlander SUV with his Toyota Camry, causing the Highlander to roll three times.

Kenneth and Judith Wallace told police the Camry rammed them after driving dangerously for several miles, weaving across both lanes, following them “right on their bumper” and at one point stopping on the interstate and reversing toward them.

A witness told police that when he came upon the crash scene, Garcia-Garcia was outside of the SUV yelling at the Wallaces. Judith Wallace said Garcia-Garcia “tried getting into their vehicle” but it was locked and he was unable to get in.

The Wallace’s were both taken to Cassia Regional Hospital to be treated for cuts, bruises and concussions, court documents said.

Garcia-Garcia, who was sitting in his car when police arrived, denied hitting the Highlander, but said he was “mad because vehicles were following him.”

Garcia-Garcia is in custody at the Cassia County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond, and a preliminary hearing is set for May 4.