Handful Of Pennies Becomes Road Rage Weapon In Ashland

NORTHBORO (CBS) – A Northboro couple wants a Framingham man to lose his license after the man allegedly threw a handful of pennies at their car in an apparent case of road rage.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Karissa Eberle’s sunglasses got knocked off her face when some of the pennies, allegedly thrown by Paul Castelli of Framingham landed inside her car.

Eberle’s boyfriend, Geoff Fritz was driving. He says Castelli cut him off in traffic near the Ashland police station and threw the pennies when Fritz honked.

“He just had an attitude when he looked at me and he started going nuts,” says Fritz.

Fritz then followed him, but says Castelli was going too fast. The couple’s baby was in the backseat.

“I was very scared,” says Eberle. “The first thing that comes to mind is my six month old son in the backseat.”

The couple went to the police station to file a report. Police traced the plate and arrested Castelli. He is due back in court next month on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

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  • My two cents

    I’ve found that a handful of pennies, and sometimes quarters, are extremely effective at backing down some jerk who is tailgating me. If they were actually following a safe distance then the pennies that are thrown in the air would hit the ground before they hit the offender. I’ve only done it one time, and you may judge me all you want, but I had some semi-truck driver angry at me for some reason still unknown to me, who decided the best tactic to get back at me was to tailgate my little Honda Accord while flipping me off at speeds in excess of 60mph. He was threatening my safety with a multi-ton weapon on wheels – he’s lucky I only fired quarters in his direction. Regardless, he backed off after his windscreen got peppered with a handful of quarters. That was over 10 years ago, but if someone were to threaten my safety with their 2k+lb vehicle again, I would have no problem doing it again.

    When I hear a one-sided story like the one above I wonder what the complainant was doing wrong – there are always two sides to a story.

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