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12/26/2013 5:14:00 PM
Rimrock man accused of Christmas Day road rage
Gary Lee Wolf
Gary Lee Wolf
Gary Wolf is accused of running into a black Dodge Durango with his red Dodge truck.
Gary Wolf is accused of running into a black Dodge Durango with his red Dodge truck.

A Rimrock resident has been charged with several felonies after a collision in Cottonwood on Christmas Day. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has characterized the incident as road rage and is seeking any witnesses to the incident.

Gary Wolf, 42, is accused of assault and endangerment after allegedly running into a vehicle being driven by a teenager in Verde Village.

According to the report, a 19-year-old man was driving with his 15-year-old sister on State Route 260 in his grandfather's black Dodge Durango when the situation began. He told deputies a red Dodge pickup drove up behind him and began following very closely. Even when he increased his speed, the red truck continued to tailgate.

Approaching the Western Drive intersection, the red truck finally passed him and pulled into the left-turn lane. The alleged victim also pulled into the left-turn lane behind him in order to go home.

The driver of the red truck apparently then exited his vehicle and began waving his arms and "acting aggressive," according to the report. The young driver suggested the man follow him home, intending to have him talk to his father.

When the victim then turned north onto Mountain View Drive off of Western, the red truck raced to catch up. The truck then passed him, colliding with the front of the black Durango.

Reporting the incident, the driver and his sister were able to recite the license plate number and describe the driver and passenger.

A patrol sergeant later spotted the suspect vehicle on Cornville Road near Interstate 17 and pulled over the red truck. Wolf was arrested but denied any knowledge of the incident.

He is charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, two counts of felony endangerment and felony criminal damage. Wolf was booked into the county jail at Camp Verde, where he has a bond of $4,000.

Anyone who may have witnessed the alleged confrontation or collision is asked to call YCSO at (928) 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

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