Alaska man accused of ramming Porsche into pickup

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man faces felony charges after authorities say he launched his sports car into the side of a three-quarter-ton pickup truck during a fit of road rage in Fairbanks.

Police allege Luis Mesias Jara, 28, left tire marks on blacktop as he intentionally accelerated and backed into the pickup on the Steese Highway near the entrance to Fort Wainwright Army Post.

Jara was charged Monday with felony criminal mischief and reckless driving, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/1riUV53).

His attorney Gary Stapp says Jara objects to police calling the crash a "road rage" incident.

"They just got this completely backward," Stapp said. "This was just an innocent accident. ... We're not disputing that there was an accident, but there wasn't any road rage going on."

According to the criminal complaint, Jara told police the pickup driver kept him from changing lanes. Jara said he also was upset because the truck blew black smoke in his direction.

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