Driving in front of a car with its high beams on is a bitch — just ask Glenn Rogers, Jr.
Rogers, a 40-year-old trucker, was so fed up with inconsiderate drivers, he decided to get even — by launching pieces of iron ore at their windshields. At least that was his excuse when he was arrested for vehicular vandalism earlier this month. "We've had incidents where juveniles throw eggs or snowballs at cars," says Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland. "But something like this thrown from a truck by a driver... we've never seen this."
Since September, McClelland has been receiving an unusual number of calls from motorists driving on Route 422, who said their windshields had been damaged by rocks that had been kicked up or dropped by semi trucks. "It's not uncommon to get those calls," says McClelland. "But in these cases the damage was significant."
After more than 31 similar calls, McClelland sent out a patrol in hopes of finding the culprit, assuming it was just a semi with an insecure load. Instead, McClelland's men found an angry, iron chucking truck driver.
This month, a motorist called in to say that she was pretty sure the driver of a semi truck had actually thrown a stone at her car. McClelland's men tracked down the truck, only to discover Rogers and a passenger seat full of of iron ore. "We found fifteen pieces of iron ore in the cab of the truck," he says. "It's twice as heavy as a rock would be. And they ranged from golf ball size to lemon size."
At first, Rogers claimed the iron ore was little more than samples for quality control testing. Finally, he broke down and admitted to chucking the pieces at drivers who refused to turn off their high beams. "Is that the reason? Or an excuse?" McClelland wonders. "It doesn't make sense in all the incidents. Some were in the late morning, when the bright lights weren't an issue." --Denise Grollmus