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Police: Trucker tosses rocks in apparent road rage incident

Authorities found more rocks in the truck

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - State police arrested a truck driver just outside of Easton after he allegedly threw rocks at a moving car along I-78 in Allentown.

Authorities charged Ernest S. Weisburg with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and propelling missiles into an occupied vehicle in connection to the incident about 5:30 p.m. Monday. District Judge Michael Pochron arraigned the 39-year-old later that night, setting bail at $5,000.

Pennsylvania State Police with the Fogelsville barracks were dispatched Monday for a reported road rage incident along eastbound Interstate 78 near the Lehigh Street exit. The victims told police that the driver of a tractor trailer had thrown two large rocks out the driver's side window at their Econoline van driving in the middle lane, striking the passenger side of the vehicle, according to court records.

After tossing the second rock, the trucker exited I-78, turned around on side streets and headed back to eastbound I-78.

The victims followed the truck that was stopped by state troopers from the Fogelsville and Belfast barracks as it exited the highway in Williams Township. Police identified the driver as Weisburg.

Troopers said they found three more large rocks behind the passenger seat of Weisburg's truck. Court records do not indicate what precipitated the incident.

Weisburg failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 2. Court records do not indicate where Weisburg lives.

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