Road rage leads to accident and arrest

By The Camp Verde Journal staff

The Camp Verde Journal of Camp Verde, Arizona

On Dec. 25, just after 3 p.m., Yavapai County Sheriffs Office deputies were dispatched to a hit-and-run and assault incident that occurred on Mountain View Road and Western Drive in Cottonwood.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of 42-year-old Gary Wolf of Rimrock.

The 19-year-old victim told deputies he had been driving his grandfather's 2013 black Dodge Durango south on State Route 260 between Del Rio Drive and Western Drive near Cottonwood. His 15-year-old sister was a passenger at the time. A red Dodge pick-up drove up behind him and began following at a close distance. Even when the victim increased his speed, the Dodge pick-up continued maintain the unsafe distance until the intersection at Western Drive.

At that time, the Dodge passed the victim and pulled into a left turn lane. The victim entered the left turn land behind the Dodge to head home. After making the turn the victim saw the truck driver, later identified as Gary Wolf, exit the truck and began waving his arms and acting aggressively towards him. The victim verbally responded and suggested Wolf follow him home. The victim's intent was to have Wolf speak to his father.

When the victim turned north onto Mountain View Drive from Western Drive, he saw the truck race to catch up. As the truck passed the victim, it collided with the front left side of the Dodge Durango. The victim was able to obtain the license plate number before losing the truck as it sped away. Both victims also provided a detailed description of the truck along with its driver and passenger.

A short time later, a patrol officer saw the suspect's truck on Cornville Road near Interstate 17 and, following an investigative traffic stop, Wolf was identified as the suspect and arrested. Deputies found physical evidence indicating a collision with the victim's vehicle. Wolf denied all. knowledge of the incident.

Wolf was booked at the Yavapai County Detention Center in Camp Verde on charges including two counts of felony aggravated assault, two counts of felony endan-germent and felony criminal damage. He remains in custody on a $4,000 bond.

Anyone who witnessed Wolf's confrontation with the victim and/or the collision between Wolf's Dodge truck and the victim's Dodge Durango is asked to call YCSO at (928) 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232. Refer to case number 13-043767.

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