Man arrested after altercation with car

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A 19-year-old Fort Collins man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly punched out the window of a 17-year-old's vehicle and showed him a pocketknife.

Aaron John Panella was arrested Sunday on suspicion of criminal mischief and menacing, Class 5 felonies. He was released from Routt County Jail on Monday afternoon on $2,000 bond.

Panella had called the Steamboat Springs police earlier that day to complain about the 17-year-old's driving on Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said. Panella told police that the driver had done an illegal U-turn on the road and almost hit a young boy.

Panella told police he spotted the 17-year-old's 1986 Toyota Tacoma later that day while walking in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. Panella said the occupants of the vehicle yelled obscenities and that he responded, the police report stated. As the vehicle rounded the corner at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, Panella punched out the rear window, Rae said.

The driver then went into the alley behind Lincoln Avenue where he hit a planter box and a tree with the vehicle, police said.

At that time, Panella approached the vehicle holding a pocketknife, police said. Panella never held the pocketknife up and didn't point it directly at the driver, Rae said.

Police arrived on the scene of the accident and arrested Panella.

The 17-year-old boy reported the incident shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday after driving his vehicle into the planter box and tree, police said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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