Road rage leads to charges

Greg Marsten | Staff writer
OWI and drug charges result from incident
AMERY – A report of alleged road rage led police to find the vehicle in question, where the driver was placed under arrest for several charges, including operating while intoxicated, second, and drug possession charges.
According to the probable cause report filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place in the early evening of Tuesday, Nov. 26, south of Amery.
The man reportedly made threatening hand gestures at the other driver, followed closely and flashed high beams at them from behind, eventually passing at a high rate of speed and allegedly swerved at them, apparently to force them off the road.
That driver stopped at a location on Hwy. 46, and police made contact with both parties, including the driver of the car allegedly behind the road rage.
Police interviewed that driver, who was later identified as Mark Leverty, 28, Balsam Lake, and the officer noted the odor of marijuana and a number of paraphernalia items were found in the car, as well as several items with marijuana.
Leverty was also given a field sobriety test, and registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10%, above the legal limit to drive.
Leverty was placed under arrest for OWI, second, and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and was taken into custody. His actual charges were still pending at press time.

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