PERKINS TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An elderly man is recovering from what police describe as a brutal attack during a road rage incident earlier this week.
Patrick Berry, 73, of Perkins Township, was driving home Tuesday afternoon when he noticed a white van behind him.
“I saw him swerving around. I thought he was going to hit me in the rear-end, to tell you the truth. So I just said to him, ‘You’re in a school zone’. But probably not that nice,” said Berry.
As Berry pulled into his driveway and got out, the driver of the van, believed to be in his 30s, pulled onto a nearby front lawn and started yelling at him.
“I have rheumatoid arthritis, and only 50 percent lung capacity, so I’m an old fart getting out of the car. So, by the time I get out, take about three steps forward, he got me,” said Berry.
The man then allegedly approached Berry, grabbed his jacket and shoved him against his car.
Berry tried to push the man away, but the driver then picked him up and “body slammed” him onto the driveway, according to the police report.
“I thought Berry had been rear-ended. Then I saw the van take off,” said Chet Laser, a neighbor.
Police said the suspect vehicle is a white van with Ohio plates, with a “How’s My Driving” sticker on the back.
The driver is believed to be a man in his 30s, about 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, with dark, short hair and a stocky build.
“It was the time of day when school was letting out, so he had no choice but to be going the speed limit he was,” said Laser.
Berry was taken to Firelands Hospital where he was treated for a broken hand, bruised ribs and a laceration to his head.
“I’ve been in a few Donny Brooks in my life but this takes the cake,” said Berry.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Perkins Township Police Department.
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