Man accused in bumper sticker road rage tells his side
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The man accused in an incident of road rage over an Obama bumper sticker Thursday afternoon says he was only trying to get around another car that had stopped in front of him.
News 2 talked to Harry Weisiger by phone Friday.
Weisiger, 70, is accused of hitting Mark Duren's car on Blair Boulevard around 4:30p.m. Friday.
He said, "He slammed on his brakes, and I hit him in the bumper when I tried to go around him."
Duren claims Weisiger flipped him off and rammed into him with his SUV after noticing an Obama-Biden bumper sticker on his car.
"He pointed at the back of my car, the bumper," Duren said after the accident, "flipped me off, one finger salute."
Duren told News 2 that Weisiger honked his horn at him for awhile, as Duren stopped at a stop sign.
Once he continued driving, he said, "I looked in the rear view mirror again, and this same SUV was speeding, flying up behind me, bumped me."
Duren said he applied his brake, and the SUV smashed into the back of his car.
He then put his car in park to take care of the accident, but he said Weisiger started pushing his car onto the sidewalk.
Weisiger did not mention the Obama bumper sticker when News 2 spoke with him on the phone Friday, but did admit fault for leaving the scene of the accident.
According to the police report, officers found Weisiger in the parking lot of Harris Teeter, where he said he had stopped to buy dinner.
David Todd, who witnessed the accident from his window, said the SUV hit the car more than once.
"He hit him twice," Todd said. "When I stood up, the truck was about a foot behind the car, and that's when he plowed into him again and pushed him 50 feet, turned him sideways right here, and took off."
Todd said Duren and his daughter were obviously both shaken by the accident.
"He was opening the door trying to get out of the car as he's pushing him down the street, and I was like, ‘Oh don't get out of the car you may get run over,' and he said he didn't think about that at the time, that he was just panicking," Todd said.
Weisiger is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, refusing to take a breath test, and leaving the scene of an accident.