Collier Teens arrested for road rage incident

Posted at 11:49 PM, Jun 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-19 07:42:41-04

NAPLES, Fla. -- A couple of teens were arrested, Friday, after an alleged road rage incident in Naples.

18-year-old Tanner Reidel and a 17-year-old girl who we will not identify because she is a minor, were arrested by Collier County Deputies after allegedly threatening a 71-year-old man with a baseball bat. 

According to the incident report, the teens were following the elderly driver closely, when he tapped on the breaks. The teens then got in the lane next to him, and threw a soda bottle through their window into the passenger side of the man's car.

The elderly man stated that he follow the duo into a Publix shopping plaza off Vanderbilt Beach Road. There, he said the teen girl got out of her car with a baseball bat, while Tanner recorded the whole incident. The victim then warned the teens that he had a gun.

Fox 4 spoke to drivers in the plaza, Saturday, who said road rage has become a common occurrence. "If you're going to get out of a car and confront someone in an aggressive way, get ready to get a gun pulled on you, especially in the state of Florida," said drive Jordan Nebius.

Although he admits break-checking is not a good idea either. "Break-checking, that not only causes a dangerous situation for you or whoever is in the car, but the person behind you might not be looking for that split second."

Deputies broke up the scene and arrested the teens, who say the driver pointed the gun at them. They are being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. "We just need to treat each other with a little more respect and have some consideration. Think about maybe that person might be going through something," said Nebius.