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77-year-old cited in Garner road rage incident

Posted July 18, 2012

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— A case of road rage in Garner ended in an assault Wednesday morning and a citation for a 77-year-old driver.

Garner police said Ray Owen East followed Jeremy Wayne Kearney, 29, on Ten Ten Road into the parking lot of a grocery store.

East then blocked Kearney and hit him on his arms with what appeared to be a broken mop handle, police said.

Kearney was injured but not seriously, authorities said. East was cited and released.

He's scheduled to appear in court Aug. 20.


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  • ndadszucs Jul 19, 2012

    Are some of you people really commending this man? He has a lengthy arrest record, one of his convictions being Assault on a Female; no one has any idea what transpired during this incident except for the two men and the police... who by the cited the 77 year old. If there was proof of the younger man having done anything dangerous you can bet they would have cited him too.

    I don't know about the lot of you, but I've personally been flipped the bird & dangerously tailgated simply because I drove straight through a yellow blinking light intersection while the other guy had to stop at the red flashing light... I guess it just made him mad to wait for me to pass, and I somehow deserved his follow-up behavior??

  • fishon Jul 19, 2012

    East is lucky Kearney wasn't carrying. I would call a broken mop handle a club, which can be a deadly weapon.

  • Chatham Rebel Jul 19, 2012

    Yes, good for him. I know the older I get the less patience I have for these young kids with NO respect for anyone. I'm glad this guy finally taught him a lesson. Take notice kids there are more of us out there.

  • promethazine codeine lover Jul 19, 2012

    @Mrlee34 , Yes I would be very grumpy :) I would probably wave my pellet gun, hit females, and communicate some threats, but that's just me.

  • mrlee34 Jul 19, 2012

    YOLO...if you looked like that wouldnt you be grumpy also??

  • promethazine codeine lover Jul 19, 2012

    @ben_Ratcliff09, I don't think anyone said anything about tailgating .. can you show me the article that says the 29 year old was tailgating? ?

  • RALEIGHNATIVE25 Jul 19, 2012

    This has exactly been my point for years, you don't ride up on people because you have NO CLUE what frame of mind they're in.

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  • Bartmeister Jul 19, 2012

    Good for the old guy.

  • promethazine codeine lover Jul 19, 2012

    Why was he cited and released..? He should have been arrested on Bond... he has a history of communicating threats, simple assault to a juvenile, assault on a female, dating back to 2007.... Matter of fact, look how grumpy this man looks! http://www.mugshotsonline.com/north-carolina/raleigh/ray-owen-east/27701551