Road rage escalated from words to physical confrontation in a west Omaha parking lot on Easter.
Motorist Michael W. Karalis, 44, told Omaha police that he and a passenger, his brother, were traveling on West Dodge Road at about 7 p.m. when the driver of a Red 2003 GMC Yukon passed him at a red light to turn south onto 180th Street.
Karalis said he followed the driver for about a mile and parked behind the Yukon near the Village Pointe Cinema. Karalis then yelled out his window that the man needed to stop for red lights.
The driver of the Yukon approached, grabbed Karalis by the seatbelt and shirt and ripped the shirt’s zipper, Karalis reported.
As the man walked away, Karalis again yelled something out his window. He told police that he couldn’t remember what he said.
The driver of the Yukon returned and punched Karalis in the face, knocking off his glasses, according to the police report.
When the man walked away for the third time, Karlis again yelled something he couldn’t recall for police.
This time, the Yukon driver grabbed Karalis around the neck. He then left with his female passenger to go inside the movie theater.
Officers noted a small tear to Karalis’ zipper, redness on his chest and a small scratch on his neck.
The Yukon is registered to a couple in Kennard, Neb., but police did not provide their names in the report. Karalis told police he did not plan to press charges and that he was filing a report in case the driver of the Yukon chose to file one.