By Kaylee Lindenmuth
BUTLER TOWNSHIP - A Lackawanna County man is charged after what state troopers described as "antics" on I-81 in Butler Township Friday afternoon.
According to State Police at Frackville, around 3:18pm, Dmitry Zhuravel, 21, of Camillus, New York, was travelling northbound when his 2008 Audi A4 came across a slower vehicle in the right lane.
Zhuravel merged to the left lane, in front of a 2006 Chevrolet 3500, driven by Michael Beck, 53, of Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County. Beck beeped to alert Zhuravel that he had been "cut off."
Later down the road, Beck passed Zhuravel in the right hand lane, and suddenly swerved into the left, in front of Zhuravel. The left rear of Beck's car made contact with the right front of Zhuravel's, damaging the hood and light cluster on his Audi.
Both continued down the road, while Zhuravel attempted to signal Beck to pull over. Beck "responded with various hand gestures," according to troopers, but refused to pull over.
An un-involved driver reported the ongoing incident, described by troopers as "antics", to 911.
Both vehicles exited the at the next available exit, where Beck pulled into a gas station and began refueling his vehicle, and refused to provide insurance information to Zhuravel, who subsequently called the police.
Beck will be charged with Hit and Run to attended property, as well as careless driving.
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