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Road rage driver arrested for incident in which man fell from truck

Police on Monday arrested a truck driver for allegedly driving off with a man clinging to the side of his vehicle following a road rage incident in northeastern Japan in June last year.
Teruaki Ito, 46, from Ageo, Saitama Prefecture, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Despite knowing he had the man from Tochigi Prefecture holding onto the side of his truck, Ito weaved as he drove for about 6 kilometers along the major Route 4 national highway in Miyagi Prefecture.
After holding on for about 10 minutes, the 51-year-old victim eventually fell to the ground, sustaining injuries to his chest and left leg.
"I had no intention to kill him," Ito was quoted as telling the police.
According to the police, the incident happened around midnight on June 26 when Ito allegedly began to drive aggressively after being overtaken.
The victim stepped down from his truck and tried to speak directly to Ito when the men had both stopped. But Ito drove away and the man was forced to cling to the mirror of the truck.
Ito is believed to have driven his truck at an average of 60 kilometers per hour with the man holding on, the police said.


KYODO
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