ST. GEORGE — A 10-minute chase between two drivers ended in a physical altercation Wednesday evening in a business parking lot.
Just after 7 p.m. officers were dispatched to the parking lot of Ace Hardware on North Bluff Street in St. George in response to a reported vehicle accident, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said.
The accident involved an older model red Jeep and a black Kia sedan.
Officers at the scene indicated it appeared to be a road rage incident, Holmes said, and the driver of the Jeep fled the parking lot right before police arrived.
Brandon Farringer, 20, of Washington City, was driving the Kia. He said the incident started on Brigham Road in the Bloomington area of St. George when he accidentally cut off a vehicle behind him. Farringer described the vehicle as a Jeep that ended up following him from Brigham Road onto northbound Interstate 15 where, he said, the Jeep driver attempted to run him off the roadway.
The Jeep driver continued to follow him off I-15 and onto Bluff Street, Farringer said, and ultimately into the Hurst Ace Hardware Parking lot.
Once in the parking lot, the driver of the jeep, who Farringer described as possibly being in his 40s, parked his Jeep nearby then proceeded to ram the front of Farringer’s car with the Jeep.
The two proceeded to get into a fist fight, Farringer said, at which point Ace Hardware employees apparently called 911.
The driver of the Jeep then returned to his vehicle and got a crowbar, Farringer said, using the crowbar to shatter the passenger side window of his Kia sedan.
The driver of the Jeep left the scene before police officers arrived.
“At this point it is an active investigation, so very little information can be released at this time,” Holmes said, “it is being investigated as a possible road rage incident, but we won’t know until the investigation is concluded,” he said.
St. George Police and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene, and no serious injuries were reported.
As of Saturday morning, the St. George Police Department did not have anyone immediately available to offer updates on the incident or its investigation.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
St. George News reporter Ric Wayman contributed to this report.
Ed. Note: References to I-15 direction from Brigham Road on-ramp to Bluff Street off-ramp corrected to northbound.
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