Man Facing Charges for Throwing Item at Vehicle on I-80, Smashing Windshield

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A 43-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly threw an object at a vehicle, smashing part of the windshield on Interstate 80 in Jefferson County.

Court documents indicate the DuBois-based State Police filed criminal charges against 43-year-old Kenyatta Bryant, of Corona, New York.

According to a criminal complaint, around 9:23 p.m. on December 20, 2018, Trooper Himes, of the DuBois-based State Police, was dispatched to a report of an erratic driver incident that occurred at the 91.2-mile marker of Interstate 80 eastbound. Details provided by the victim indicated that a male, approximately six feet tall and 250 pounds, driving a gray Chrysler 300 with a New York registration, threw an object at his vehicle, smashing the windshield. The victim advised that the suspect vehicle did not stop and they were both still traveling east.

The complaint states that Trooper Himes made contact with the victim and the suspect vehicle at the 99.6-mile marker of Interstate 80 eastbound. The driver was a known female, and the front seat passenger was identified as Kenyatta Bryant.

Trooper Himes first interviewed the victim who stated that he had been traveling east on Interstate 80 for several hours.

Physical evidence observed at the scene consisted of significant damage to the right/passenger side of the windshield of the victim’s vehicle, as well as pieces of glass lying on the dashboard inside the victim’s vehicle.

According to the complaint, the victim reported that Bryant’s vehicle had been traveling near him since the Pennsylvania-Ohio border, and he and the other vehicle had passed each other “back and forth” multiple times. The victim said that at approximately the 91.2-mile marker, he was in the left lane attempting to pass Bryant’s vehicle, which was traveling in the right lane, when he saw the driver’s side window go down. He said the driver of the vehicle then threw an unknown object out of the window at his vehicle, and the object struck his windshield, on the right side, and smashed it. The victim was unable to positively identify the object thrown, but stated the object was definitely thrown from the vehicle by the driver.

The complaint indicates that the victim also stated he was positive that the driver was a male.

The victim went on to state that after his windshield was smashed, he entered the right lane behind Bryant’s vehicle, continued to follow him, and called 9-1-1. He stated that as they approached the 99-mile marker, he could see the flashing lights from Trooper Himes’ patrol vehicle, and at that time, Bryant pulled over onto the right shoulder and turned his vehicle’s headlights off.

According to the complaint, the victim stated that after pulling over, Bryant and the front seat passenger exited the vehicle and switched seating positions. He said after switching, Bryant’s vehicle then continued east until they arrived at the location where Trooper Himes made contact, near mile marker 99.6.

Trooper Himes then interviewed Bryant.

Bryant stated that he did not know how the victim’s windshield got smashed. He denied throwing an object at the victim’s vehicle, and when questioned about pulling over near mile marker 99, Bryant said they pulled over because he saw the flashing lights ahead. Bryant also denied being the driver of the vehicle and said that he did not switch seating positions with the vehicle’s other occupant, according to the complaint.

The complaint notes that during the course of the investigation, a query of Bryant’s identification through NCIC showed that his driver’s license status was revoked, and a query of the vehicle revealed the registration was suspended due to insurance not being in effect.

Based on the investigation, the following charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana on Tuesday, February 26:

  • Propel Missile Into Occupied Vehicle, Misdemeanor 1
  • Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary
  • Vehicle Registration Suspended, Summary
  • Driving Without a License, Summary
  • Operate Vehicle Without Required Financial Responsibility, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on March 27, with Judge Inzana presiding.

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