Woman falls from pickup truck after road rage incident, boyfriend arrested

A man is arrested and his girlfriend in the hospital after a road rage incident ended with the woman falling out of a pickup truck, according to the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Jul 22, 2019 10:09 AM
Updated: Jul 22, 2019 10:12 AM

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A man is arrested and his girlfriend in the hospital after a road rage incident ended with the woman falling out of a pickup truck, according to the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said it started near Kentland when dispatch received a call from a woman claiming a semi driver had broken the back window of her boyfriend's pickup truck. Dispatch told her to pull over and wait for an officer.

The pickup truck kept driving, according to police. Eyewitnesses reported the driver, 24-year-old Austin Nelson of Goodland, appeared to be intentionally cutting off the semi. Witnesses reported Nelson was traveling south and was swerving between lanes to keep the semi from passing. While Nelson was driving, police said his girlfriend, 21-year-old Haley Spurlock of Goodland, was hanging out of the passenger window trying to motion to the semi driver to pull over.

It ended about 2 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 41 near County Road 700 North when Spurlock fell out of the pickup truck and into the shoulder. She was taken to an Illinois hospital and then transferred to another for a "traumatic head injury," according to deputies.

Officers said nothing linked the semi driver, or his vehicle, to the broken window of the pickup truck.

Nelson was arrested for criminal recklessness causing serious bodily injury and obstruction of traffic. The case remains under investigation.

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