Canfield men accused of physically fighting each other after road rage incident
Two Canfield men were arrested over the weekend after a road rage incident led the two men into a physical altercation with one allegedly pulling a knife on the other.
According to a police report, just after 7:00 p.m. police were dispatched to Colonial Plaza in Canfield, in response to two men fighting in the parking lot.
Upon arrival police say a shirtless male, later identified as 45-year-old Jason Hoffman was yelling and accusing another male, later identified as 40-year-old Patrick Lane of pulling a knife on him.
Police spoke with Hoffman, who told officers that he was attempting to pull out of the parking lot, when Lane, who was trying to pull into the lot started yelling and honking his horn at him.
Police say Hoffman pulled back into the parking lot, at which point Lane exited his vehicle and continued yelling at Hoffman about how he almost caused an accident.
Hoffman told officers Lane struck him in the face with an open hand. At this point, police say Hoffman attempted to exit the vehicle, but Lane allegedly pulled a knife on him and threatened to "cut him up."
After this, police say Hoffman got back in the vehicle and drove forward allegedly striking Lane causing him to land on top of the hood, followed by once again exiting and pushing Lane up against his vehicle.
Police say Lane's girlfriend had to break up the fight. Officers observed "visible injuries" to Lane's face, but he refused to be taken to the hospital.
Officers spoke with Lane who accused Hoffman of punching him in the face with a closed fist after striking him with the vehicle.
Both Hoffman and Lane were placed under arrest with Hoffman being charged with felonious assault and Lane being charged with aggravated menacing.
Both were arraigned in court on Tuesday with Lane pleading not guilty to his charges and no plea being accepted for Hoffman.
Police say a nearby restaurant captured parts of the fight on its surveillance cameras.