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Sinking Spring man charged in case of road rage

Police ID'd driver through license plate: WILDEST

WYOMISSING, Pa. - An apparent case of road rage on Route 422 has led to the arrest of a Berks County man.

It all began in a construction zone near the State Hill Road interchange in Wyomissing and ended on the parking lot of Pet Smart in the nearby Berkshire Square shopping center.

The alleged victim and his girlfriend were traveling east on 422 on the evening of October 14, 2016, when they attempted to merge from the left lane to the right lane.

As they were merging, the driver of a Chevy pickup truck in the right lane accelerated in an attempt to prevent the couple from getting in front of him, causing both vehicles to collide, according to court documents.

The alleged victims then followed the pickup to the PetSmart parking lot, where the pickup's driver, identified by police as James Schronick, got out of his vehicle, approached the other car, shouted at the driver and threatened to have his dog attack, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Schronick then returned to his pickup, backed into the victim's vehicle and then drove toward the other driver and his girlfriend, hitting both of them with a glancing blow of his pickup truck, police said.

Police were able to identify Schronick through his license plate -- WILDEST. He was charged with recklessly endangering another person, careless driving, and accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property. He's free on $25,000 unsecured bail.


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