Trucks can be used for a lot of things, including self-defense.
A man in Florida anxious to protect his family during a recent road rage incident backed up his pickup on top of a vehicle where a man, who had been attacking him moments before, threatened to get a gun.
Police in Ocala say that 18-year-old Zach Waring had been stopped at a red light in his Ford F-150 with his 20-year-old girlfriend and their 11-month-old son when a man stopped directly behind them got out of a Toyota Camry, walked up to Waring’s open window and began punching him as he sat behind the wheel.
Witnesses told police that Adalberto Aponte, 53, had been driving recklessly and nearly caused several collisions before stopping and attacking Waring. As Aponte kept punching Waring, his girlfriend sitting next to him in the cab got Aponte to stop the assault by saying that they had a gun in the truck. Police report that the couple did not actually have a gun.
Though he may have stopped throwing punches, Aponte apparently wasn’t through. According to police, he told the couple, “I’ll show you a real gun.”
As Aponte walked back to his car, that’s when witnesses say Waring put his truck in reverse and drove on top of Aponte’s Camry to keep him from going inside the car to possibly retrieve a gun, according to mynews13.com.
Waring told police that he felt he and his family were in danger and that he was not able to drive away from Aponte because he was stopped at a busy intersection. Witnesses corroborated Waring’s statements.
Aponte was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license for failing to pay child support, burglary, battery and criminal mischief. It’s unclear if he actually had a gun in his car.