Trooper cites Latrobe driver charged in road rage incident involving teenager in Salem
A Latrobe man became so angry with a teenager driving on the Route 66 on-ramp to Route 22 in Salem over the weekend that state police said he ran out of his car at a red light and began hitting a rear door of the teenager’s car, according to court documents.
Troopers have charged 28-year-old Joseph M. Yanarella with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and harassment in connection with the alleged road rage incident that occurred around 6:20 p.m. Saturday.
After repeatedly hitting the car, witnesses said Yanarella followed the Greensburg-area teenager into the parking lot of a drugstore at a nearby mall along Hollywood Boulevard and “he attempted to get into (teenager’s) vehicle,” Private Ty Smith reported.
When the 18-year-old got out of his car, witnesses told Smith that “Yanarella began chasing him around the parking lot with pepper spray, threatening to spray him,” Smith wrote in a police report. Smith said Yanarella didn’t dispense the spray and “eventually calmed down and stopped chasing” the teenager.
Yanarella could not be reached for comment. According to online records, he has no criminal history in Pennsylvania.