Summer road construction can test anyone's patience, but the way a St. Paul driver took out his frustration has gotten the attention of police. Now, they're asking the public to help track him down.
According to witnesses, the man not only ignored directions to stop in a construction zone at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning near Mears Park in Lowertown, but he also sped away and put workers in danger.
Crews had stopped traffic near 6th and Sibley streets to move trucks and equipment in and out of the area when one driver who was fed up with having to wait tried to move forward. In fact, he got so close that one worker finally put his hands on the hood of the driver's car to signal him to stay put. That's when a case of road rage got even more heated and turned into a hit-and-run.
"The guy gets out, there's words exchanged, he gets back in the car, accelerates," Sgt. Paul Paulos explained. "The initial guy, or construction worker, was able to step out of the way. His partner wasn't as fortunate and the wheel rolled over his shoe. Fortunately for him, he was following rules and had steel-toed shoes, which probably saved his foot."
Police say the man was upset because he needed to get to work, and was cursing along the way.
No arrests have been made so far, but police do believe they know who they're looking for because the road crew members pulled out cell phones and took pictures of the driver and his license plate after the bout of shocking behavior.
Police believe the man behind the wheel is a 64-year-old from Bloomington, and they hope additional witnesses will come forward to help bolster a case to charge him with leaving the scene of an accident or even aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.
Anyone with information is urged to call St. Paul police at 651-291-1111.