Angry Rochester man scratches BMW with knife as payback for driver hitting his truck while merging, police say

73-year-old man facing possible malicious destruction of property charge

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TROY, Mich. – A 73-year-old Rochester man who wouldn’t let another car merge into his lane at a construction zone scratched the victim’s car with a knife on the side of the road as payback for hitting his pickup truck, according to police.

Police said the victim was driving a black 2014 BMW 328XI north on Stephenson Highway, just south of I-75 in Troy, around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8. He tried to merge into the left lane because his lane was ending due to construction, but the driver of a red 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe K1500 pickup truck wouldn’t let him over, according to officials.

The BMW struck the pickup truck, prompting both drivers to pull over, officials said.

The 73-year-old Rochester man driving the pickup truck told the other man he was going to damage his vehicle as payback, police said. He elbowed the victim out of the way, took out a knife and scratched a large mark into the paint on the front of the BMW, according to authorities.

Police said the Rochester man got back in his pickup truck and left without providing his information.

A responding officer identified the truck driver and spoke with him over the phone. The man admitted to damaging the other driver’s car as payback, according to officials.

Police said the BMW driver wants to seek criminal charges against the other man for malicious destruction of property.

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