‘I was shaking the whole time’: Wichita man tells road rage story

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Bob was in Wichita traffic late last week when he was cut off.

The driver in a red Chrysler was angry. That car hit the brakes, and eventually got behind Bob to follow him.

“Things like this seem to happen a lot. I drive a lot around Wichita,” said Bob.

Bob is not his real name because he didn’t want to be identified.

“I carry a weapon, so I will defend myself if I have to,” said Bob. “They chased me for over a mile and to me that’s threatening. I led them through some residential streets where they had every opportunity to change lanes, change direction.  And they didn’t. They stayed behind me.”

Bob says he called 911, and the dispatch operator told him to not go home and stay on the move.

“They (police) did try to get someone (to Bob’s area) they said. And I told them, I am armed. I will defend myself,” said Bob. “My heart’s going 900 miles an hour. I’m thinking did they just go around the block and they are just going to sneak up on me? I didn’t know.”

Bob said he went south on a street, and that red Chrysler finally went north after several minutes.

Police dispatchers continued to stay on the line with Bob until the incident was over. And, while Bob is not happy an officer did not make it to the area of the road rage while it was happening, he says no weapon was ever displayed.

Bob has some advice if you ever find yourself in his situation.

“All of this from road rage, and this is just totally not called for,” said Bob. “People just need to back up and think about what they’re doing before they do it. Getting in a hurry and driving, you’re still going to get there in the same amount of time whether you chase someone for 15-20 minutes or just go where you are going. Just don’t get upset while you’re driving. Just drive.”

Wichita police chief Gordon Ramsay says he is personally going to look at the video.

Ramsay says Bob did the right thing by not engaging the person in that red Chrysler. He also says to be a good witness by getting a description of what is happening and calling 911 to give them information.

Bob says he will keep driving as much as he always has, but now with a more critical eye on traffic.

“I just can’t believe someone would follow like that and for that long,” says Bob. “It really had me shaken.”

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