A call about an alleged “road rage” incident involving mayoral candidate Mac Bell drew two police officers and generated a police report over the weekend.
But police filed no charges — and there was no indication in the report that Bell said or did anything by way of interacting with the other driver.
Both Bell and the other driver involved — 54-year-old neighbor Andrew Klickstein — told police that Klickstein had thrown up his hands and begun to exit his truck, before getting back in and driving away. Meanwhile, Bell had apparently sat with his car stopped, using his cellular phone.
“He just pulled a really scary in-my-face type move, and I just waited and talked on my phone so he’d think I was calling the police, and I just waited for him to collect himself,” Bell told the Times Tuesday.
The incident began when Bell was rolling along in his campaign Prius on Dolliver’s Neck Drive, the narrow road that leads to his home, and Klickstein, who also lives on the narrow road, approached, driving from the opposite direction, according to the police report.
“This area of Dolliver’s Neck Road is very narrow and difficult to pass without one of the motor vehicles pulling to one side,” an investigating officer wrote.
Klickstein told police Bell seemed to begin pulling to the right to allow Klickstein’s truck to pass but then stopped in the middle of the roadway, causing Klickstein to “slam” on his brakes. Klickstein’s wife, riding in the passenger’s seat, allegedly smacked her head on the truck’s windshield.
Klickstein, who reported the run-in to police, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Klickstein’s wife did not require hospital transport or any other care, according to the police report. The report also noted that both parties were told that a police report would be generated by the incident, but that no other police action would be taken.
Bell said his “unfortunate” run-in with Klickstein reminded him of what he called another “tragic” dispute with a neighbor, only that landed both Bell and another mayoral candidate in court in September.
In that case, Bell had hashed out issues with write-in mayoral candidate Joe Palmisano, who owns a property neighboring the Chamber of Commerce building that Bell owns. Bell paid more than $1,000 restitution in a case that centers on what he called a nearly 20-year dispute regarding a fence Bell twice removed from property abutting the Chamber building. Palmisano was the plaintiff in the case.
The incident has not been Bell’s only brush with authority. In 2006, he also pleaded guilty to negligent driving on a charge amended downward from an allegation of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — his truck.
He also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in that case, but three counts of assault and battery on a police officer were dismissed.
In that incident — on the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death, according to the Times story at the time — Bell was accused of striking a police officer with his vehicle, and police had to use pepper spray to take him into custody.
Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.