NEW CASTLE, Ind. - New Castle police said a road rage incident escalated toviolence Wednesday when a driver actually bit off another man'sear.
Jefferey Guffey said he was riding his bike and stopped to talkto two kids on the side of the road when Curtis "Alan" Cross spedby in his SUV.
Guffey said he told Cross to slow down. But he said Cross pulledhis SUV in front of him and put it in reverse.
"(Cross) encountered a bicycle that he found frustrating to getaround,” said Detective Ross Frame with New Castle PoliceDepartment.
Police said both men exchanged hand gestures. Guffey said Crossthen got out of his car and started yelling at him.
"Jumped out and said, 'What did you say?', and I said, 'You needto watch where you are going, there's kids here',” saidGuffey.
Guffey said Cross, a man he had never met before, then startedattacking him.
"He come bum-rushing me and grabbed me like this, and startedtaking chunks out of my ear and spitting them at me,” hesaid.
Police recovered some of the pieces of Guffey's ear at thescene, but doctors were unable to re-attach the ear.
Guffey said if he could do it all over again, he would stillcall out Cross.
"When it comes to kids, I'll get involved,” he said.
The prosecutor’s office charged Cross with battery. Hetold investigators he bit Guffey because he thought Guffey wasgoing to bite him on the neck.
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