Albert Lea man charged with chasing, hitting car full of people

Published 1:00 am Monday, April 24, 2017

A 76-year-old Albert Lea man is facing felony charges after he allegedly followed and hit a vehicle while people were inside of it.

Charles David Borneman was charged earlier this month with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, first-degree criminal damage to property and misdemeanor failing to stop for a traffic collision.

Court documents state Borneman was charged after deputies and a sergeant responded April 3 to a report of a red Chevrolet truck chasing a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier west on Minnesota Highway 251 into Clarks Grove. A passenger in the Cavalier said the vehicle was struck by the truck.

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The driver of the Cavalier reported heading away from a residence when the truck raced behind them, speeding close to the vehicle and swerving. There were three people in the Cavalier.

An alleged victim said when the Cavalier turned left onto Highway 251, the truck almost struck the driver’s side of the Cavalier. The speed of the vehicle reportedly increased to 80 mph, but the truck continued to closely pursue.

Court documents state the alleged victim said when the vehicle slowed to accommodate curves in the road, the truck came into physical contact, described as light, with the vehicle. The driver was reportedly able to keep control of the car before pulling into a gas station.

There were allegedly other conflicts between Borneman and an occupant of the Cavalier. Borneman was reportedly a roommate of a family member of the occupant.

Court documents state minor dents and scratches to the Cavalier’s bumper were noticed.

Borneman was reportedly found turning east on 255th Street. He allegedly told differing accounts of the night of the incident. A bent front license plate and yellowish-material on the surface of the truck reportedly matched damage to the Cavalier.

Borneman’s first appearance on the charges is scheduled for Thursday. Second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. First-degree criminal damage to property carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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