Police: Driver Rams Other Vehicle While "In a Rage"

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Police said an Iowa City man rammed another vehicle with his own, then led police on a pursuit.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, at 2:09 a.m. Saturday morning, 21-year-old Reginald Benton, Jr. rammed his Ford Explorer into another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 6 and Gilbert Street. Benton would later tell police he rammed the other vehicle because he was "in a rage."

Based on the damage sustained by both vehicles, police said Benton had topped the posted 40 mph speed limit when he rammed the other vehicle. The estimated damage to both vehicles was estimated at $3,500.

Police said they located Benton's Explorer after the collision and attempted to pull him over. Instead, he sped away from officers who broke off the pursuit due to safety concerns.

Benton was later located and taken into custody. He was examined by a drug recognition expert, who determined he was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana. He now faces charges second-degree criminal mischief, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, driving under the influence and eluding.

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