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Conflicting reports emerge on road rage complaint


CAMDEN TWP. - A case of alleged road rage Saturday led to an assault charge being filed against a West Salem man.

Lawrence Koviak, 39, was charged for allegedly slapping and kicking a woman who tried to pass him on state Route 511 in Camden Township, according to the Sheriff's Office.

According to a deputy's report, the 49-year-old Brighton Township woman said she came upon a slow-moving Volkswagen heading north on Route 511 and tried to pass, but as she did so the driver sped up in excess of 80 mph.

The woman said she was forced to swerve into a church parking lot to avoid a collision with oncoming traffic. She said the Volkswagen's driver stopped, backed up and pulled into the church parking lot, according to the report.

She said the man got out of his car, and got into hers - grabbing her keys and throwing them into a nearby cornfield. When she got out of her car, he got out as well and came around the car and then slapped her face and kicked her bottom before returning to his own car and leaving the parking lot, she told deputies.

However, Koviak and his fiancee who was in the car with him told deputies the woman passed him and "brake-checked" him, which forced him to swerve to avoid a crash. The pair said the woman was to blame - she followed them into the church parking lot, got out of her vehicle, started hitting her car and then came over and slapped Koviak in the face through his open window.

Koviak told deputies he did throw the woman's keys into the corn field as she said.

Deputies were alerted to the situation when the woman drove to the Sheriff's Office to make a complaint. Koviak posted $1,000 bond Saturday and was scheduled for a hearing at 9 a.m. today in Oberlin Municipal Court.

Contact Alicia Castelli at 329-7144 or

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