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CdA police looking for road rage suspect

A road rage incident Coeur d’Alene police say was triggered by a motorist changing lanes quickly to avoid a snow berm could land a man in jail on an aggravated assault charge.

Two detectives spent Thursday looking for a Coeur d’Alene man witnesses say followed another driver after the driver quickly merged in front of him on northbound Government Way near Kathleen Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

The driver told police that when he shrugged his shoulders in a gesture of apology, the man pulled out a knife, held it up to his own neck, then pointed it at the driver, according to a police report.

The suspect followed the driver to a Hanley Avenue business, where he got out of his Jeep and ran at the driver, who had exited his vehicle to ask a friend for help. The suspect cursed at the driver and threatened to cut him with a hatchet, according to police.

The suspect left as the driver’s friend called 911. Police tracked the Jeep’s license plate to a Coeur d’Alene man but hadn’t located him as of Thursday evening, said Sgt. Christie Wood.

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