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Man Cited Following Alleged "Road Rage" Incident Involving Pit Bull Dog
02/22/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper and Linn County deputy were involved in an unusual "road rage" investigation Sunday afternoon involving two men and a pit bull on Interstate 5 south of Albany. The suspect and his dog were located by the deputy about 16 miles south of the alleged incident location, and the suspect was subsequently cited to appear on a charge of Harassment.
 
According to OSP Senior Trooper Lee Smith, on February 22, 2009 at approximately 1:35 p.m. a report was received of a fight involving two men and a pit bull dog at the Arco Station on Highway 34 near Interstate 5. By the time Senior Trooper Smith arrived, the suspect and his dog had left the scene in a green 1998 Toyota pickup.
 
Subsequent investigation alleged the suspect, THOMAS LOCKARD, age 24, from Salem, followed the victim, JEFFREY DOUGHERTY, age 29, from Eugene, after an apparent traffic-related incident in the Salem area. The victim drove his 1996 Lexus southbound on Interstate 5 as LOCKARD continued to follow him for approximately 30 miles until exiting at Highway 34 near milepost 228.
 
The victim drove into the Arco gas station and stopped where LOCKARD followed and blocked his car in. The victim got out of his car and was going to walk away when LOCKARD called his pit bull from the vehicle and directed it to "sic him". The dog approached the victim who kicked it, causing the dog to turn and run away.
 
LOCKARD allegedly punched the victim in the face, and as both men fought they were separated by witnesses.
 
LOCKARD then got back into his pickup with his dog named "Brucer" (spelling unknown) and left. The suspect and his dog were located by a Linn County deputy on Highway 228 (exit 216) west of Interstate 5 and detained them until Senior Trooper Smith could arrive and continue the investigation.
 
LOCKARD was subsequently cited to appear in Linn County Circuit Court on a misdemeanor charge of Harassment.