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Man says he kicked Chevy Chase in self-defense in dispute

Chevy Chase attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special on Feb. 15, 2015 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Police say the 74-year-old Chase was driving in South Nyack on Feb. 9, 2018 when he was cut off in traffic by a 22-year-old Long Island man. Authorities say the driver and Chase got into a verbal argument, which led to a passenger in the car cursing at Chase and kicking him in the shoulder. The driver contends the kick was self-defense because Chase threw a punch first. (Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Chevy Chase attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special on Feb. 15, 2015 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Police say the 74-year-old Chase was driving in South Nyack on Feb. 9, 2018 when he was cut off in traffic by a 22-year-old Long Island man. Authorities say the driver and Chase got into a verbal argument, which led to a passenger in the car cursing at Chase and kicking him in the shoulder. The driver contends the kick was self-defense because Chase threw a punch first. (Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Associated Press

SOUTH NYACK, N.Y. – A New York man says he kicked Chevy Chase in self-defense after the comedian climbed into a vehicle and tried to punch him during a profanity-laced traffic dispute.

Chase told police he was cut off by another driver on Feb. 9. Thinking his car might be damaged, he followed the car across the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Both drivers pulled over in South Nyack.

A truck passenger, Michael Landrio, tells the New York Post that his friend tried to make peace, but the former “Saturday Night Live” star got into their vehicle and tried to punch him.

Landrio says that’s when he kicked Chase, sending him flying.

Landrio was charged with harassment. Chase was not charged.

Chase’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

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