BPD: Gun trumps road ragers’ knife; man arrested

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BLANCHESTER — A Clarksville man has been charged with aggravated menacing after police say he held a knife while confronting a driver in a road-rage incident.

At around 5 p.m. on Monday, June 4, police were called to the area of Center and Broadway streets for a reported incident of road rage.

The responding officer spoke to a 49-year-old Batavia man who stated a Chevrolet sedan had been following him for several blocks on Center Street, and the man and woman in the car seemed displeased with his slow pace and complete stops at stop signs, and began making obscene gestures at him, said Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.

“The man stated when he stopped at the traffic light at Center and Broadway streets, the man got out of the sedan’s passenger seat and approached him,” said Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt. “The man stated when he got out of his truck he noticed the man was holding a knife with an 8- to 10-inch blade.

“The man stated he then returned to his truck, where he retrieved his handgun. The man with the knife then retreated to his vehicle. The Chevrolet sedan left the scene prior to police arriving.”

An investigation was opened and assigned to BPD Ptl. Kristen Jeffers.

”She spoke with several witnesses who were in the area at the time, and she was able to ascertain a license plate number from the Chevrolet sedan,” said Reinbolt. “Through a series of interviews, she was able to determine the man with the knife was Jason Simon, 30, of Clarksville.”

He said Simon was charged with aggravated menacing and will answer the charge in Clinton County Municipal Court.

“We are grateful to the New Vienna Police Department, who provided assistance to Ptl. Jeffers during her inquiries,” said Reinbolt.


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