Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Driver Assaulted in Marion
WILLIAMSON COUNTY-- An apparent road rage incident landed a teen in the emergency room and a man behind bars.
Both people involved have very different accounts of what happened.
Saturday afternoon's incident began as John Proz was driving near the McDonald's at Route 13 and Halfway Road in Marion.
"Two guys in a pickup come flying out of the drive-thru and almost collide with myself, my girlfriend and my two children in the car," Proz explained.
Sixteen-year-old Charles Koehling was driving that pickup. He said that's not what happened.
"I made a complete stop. I don't go out in Marion to cause trouble. He's just trying to make himself look better," Koehling said.
The police report said John Proz then followed Koehling to the intersection of 13 and Halfway Road, got out of his car, approached Koehling, then punched him repeatedly.
Proz said the teen smacked his arm away from the truck, and that's when things escalated. Koehling argued the contrary, and apparently police agree; the 39-year-old Proz was charged with aggravated battery.
Proz said he had no idea the victim was so young and that he apologized to the victim. However, Koehling and his family said that's not the case.
Proz is free on $20 thousand bond. He's due back in court on September 30. In the meantime, Proz was ordered to not have any contact with Koehling.
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