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Alleged road rage incident caught on camera

Posted at 5:41 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 23:07:31-05

One Omaha driver started rolling when the unlikely happened on Wednesday near 72nd and Pine.

“It's not a normal thing.  You don't see people getting out and banging on people's windows.  It wasn't like they got out and politely waved hey to a long lost friend,” said Sgt. Jason Menning. 

Omaha Police Sergeant Jason Menning says road rage happens on our streets every day, but rarely does it escalate like this.

“Obviously this seems to be a situation where a prank got way out of hand,” said Sgt. Menning.

The driver of the blue SUV, a high school student, says his passenger jokingly threw a pen at him; the pen missed, went out the window and may have hit a nearby car.  That car pulled up next to them, demanding they pull over.

The high school student says he tried to get away, only to be trapped next to the car at a stop light.  That’s where the cell phone video starts.

“I have never seen anything like that before, that guy went to town on that window,” said Cornhusker Driving School Instructor, Anna Venditte. 

Anna Venditte, an instructor for Cornhusker Driving School says the teens did exactly what they were taught to do.

“I always tell them don't give into anything like that, just look forward, don't pay attention, just keep driving and move on,” said Venditte.

Venditte says things could have ended much worse.

“Somebody could have had a weapon; they could have had a weapon.  Somebody could have pulled that out of their pocket and that could have been a deadly situation,” said Venditte. 

Sgt. Menning says if you ever find yourself in that situation keep your windows up and call 9-1-1.

As for any angry drivers out there, Sgt. Menning has a message for you.

“Maybe if you do get into that, just take a deep breath and relax,” said Sgt. Menning. 

The mother of the teen driver spoke with KMTV over the phone and said that she is extremely proud of her son for the way he handled things and it is up to him if he wants to file a police report. 

Police say for now they can’t investigate the incident unless a report is filed.