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Racine Man Charged in Road Rage Incident on Tosa Streets

Victim checked to make sure the occupants of a pickup truck were OK, but got punched in the face after they told him to mind his own business.

A 21-year-old Racine man is facing charges for allegedly at a Wauwatosa intersection after the victim checked to see if he was OK.

Jason V. Klawitter was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of battery. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Aug. 3, the victim was driving home from work when he saw a pickup truck in front of him run a red light and then continue driving erratically until it swerved and came to a stop next to a curb. The man pulled over to see if the driver needed help; however, the driver and Klawitter –who was sitting in the passenger seat – began to shout at the man and told him to mind his own business.

The man got back in his car and began to drive away, but the two followed him and pulled next to him at the intersection of North 68th and West Center streets. Klawitter then got out of the truck and began pounding on the passenger side window of the victim’s car.

The victim was unable to move because there was a red light, and Klawitter continued to yell at him. He then stood in front of the victim’s car and began to pound on the driver’s side window until the victim opened his window and was punched in the face.

The victim called police, who spotted the truck and chased Klawitter and the driver for about a mile before calling off the pursuit. The driver was arrested later that day at a relative's home for a number of traffic offenses as well as for driving under suspension after his fourth drunken driving conviction.

Klawitter was nowhere to be found, but he was later identified from fingerprints police got from the crime scene.

Klawitter is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court Nov. 30.

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