Two men were arrested for reckless driving in Middletown after their vehicles collided in a road rage incident last week.
According to police, Robert N. Edwards and Kenneth Ordonez were driving on Wadsworth Street in Middletown when Ordonez passed Edwards and a chase ensued.
Edwards, 53, of 185 Peters Lane in Rockfall, told police he was driving on Wadsworth street when a Jeep Wrangler, driven by Ordonez, passed him in a no-passing zone. Edwards said this made him mad, so he sped up to chase Ordonez, according to police.
Ordonez, 41, of 65 Bokum Road in Chester, said Edwards’ pick-up truck had been traveling too slowly. He passed Edwards and was going about 45 mph when a dog ran out into the road. According to police, Ordonez slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting the dog.
Edwards was close behind and couldn’t stop in time. He plowed into the back of Ordonez’s Jeep and the two cars spun off the road onto the lawns of properties at 242 Hendley Street and 424 Wadsworth Street. Both lawns were torn up, and a fence at 242 Hendley Street was knocked down, police said.
According to police, Ordonez was ejected on impact. He was taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was conscious and able to speak with police.
Police said a witness saw both cars driving recklessly.
Both men were arrested and are due in court Aug. 19.