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Blotter: Man accused of crashing into two vehicles during road rage dispute

A 28-year-old driver was arrested Monday after he was accused of causing collisions with two other vehicles during a road rage incident on Loop 288. 

Matthew BursonDenton Police Department
Matthew Burson
Denton Police Department

Matthew Burson was taken to Denton City Jail on two counts of criminal mischief between $750 and $2,500. 

Police received two calls at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday from two people in the area of Kings Row and Loop 288. According to an arrest affidavit, the driver of a southbound Ford Explorer drove up behind Burson in the left lane of Loop 288 near East Sherman Drive. 

The driver of the Ford kept attempting to pass Burson, who was trying to prevent the man from getting in front of his white Mercury, the victim said in the affidavit. The victim was eventually able to get in front of the white vehicle, but Burson passed him and "hit his brakes hard three or four times," the affidavit said. 

The victim said Burson slammed on his brakes and caused a collision with his vehicle. 

Another driver followed Burson as the suspect tried to force him off the road, according to the affidavit. The other driver was able to avoid the white vehicle until they approached the University Drive exit, where the suspect swerved into his lane and struck the vehicle. 

When both men stopped at the red light at McKinney Street and Loop 288, the suspect "pulled forward then backed" into the vehicle, the affidavit states. The second victim said the suspect then turned west onto McKinney Street and pulled into a nearby neighborhood. 

Police found the suspect near Nottingham Drive and Mingo Road, where he was arrested and charged with damage to both vehicles. His bail was set at $1,000 for both charges. 

Other reports 

800 block of West Collins Street — A man ripped a 55-inch TV off the wall of his girlfriend's apartment Monday afternoon and fled the scene before she called police, according to a report. 

It's unclear whether the 31-year-old woman was inside the home at the time of the burglary. She reported the incident at 2:40 p.m., and no arrests were made. 

1500 block of West Hickory Street — Three men walked out of CVS Pharmacy with three stolen 12-packs of beer on Monday, according to a police report. 

The suspects were gone when police arrived at the store at about 10 p.m. The online report did not include descriptions of the suspects, and no arrests have been made. 

900 block of Avenue A — A woman's purse and bag of dirty laundry were stolen from her vehicle Monday at an apartment complex near the University of North Texas campus, police said. 

The 23-year-old victim said the items were stolen from her unlocked car at about 7 a.m. No arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 885 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves. 

Denton police handled 127 calls for service and made eight arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 32 medical calls, two vehicle crashes and three gas leaks.