Road rage incident near La Pine leads to fight; 4 men charged

A road rage incident Thursday evening near La Pine led to a fight among four men, with one of them stabbing the hood of a car, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. William Bailey said the incident started around 5 p.m. when deputies were dispatched to a dispute involving a knife in the 52500 block of Doe Lane in La Pine.

Deputies learned that one man had stabbed another vehicle with a knife and that all the men involved in the dispute were likely still in the area.

Bailey said the initial investigation revealed the dispute was the result of a road rage incident that occurred on Highway 97, between Sunriver and La Pine.

Jacob Neubaum, 27, of La Pine and James Littrell, 40, of La Pine were driving south and engaged in aggressive driving behavior that continued to escalate until the physical confrontation on Doe Lane, Bailey said.

He said Neubaum used his vehicle during the dispute to physical strike Littrell, after Littrell had armed himself with a knife and was standing in the middle of the road.

Littrell fell onto the hood of the Neubaum’s Subaru Impreza, and then drove the knife through the hood of the car, Bailey said.  Neubaum and two people with him in the Subaru, 27-year-old Kyle Muns of La Pine and 26-year-old Breken Bateman of La Pine got out and a brief altercation happened.  Both parties then separated and law enforcement was called to the scene.

Bailey said the first deputy arrived on scene about four minutes after the 911 call, along with two Oregon State Police troopers.  The three occupants of the Subaru had remained at the scene with their car.  Littrell was found nearby at his residence and walked out and surrendered to deputies without incident.

Neubaum was arrested by citation and released from the scene on charges of reckless driving and reckless endangering  Muns and Batemen were arrested by citation and released from the scene on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.

Littrell was arrested by citation and released from the scene on charges of reckless driving and second-degree disorderly conduct.  No one was seriously injured in this incident.  A 12-year-old female passenger was present during the road rage, but had left the immediate area during the confrontation on Doe Lane.




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