Police: DUI road-rage driver tried to run cars off West Manheim roads
A heavily intoxicated New Jersey man's recent road-rage rampage ended in the parking lot of West Manheim Elementary School, according to police allegations.
Nicholas Ulisse chased another vehicle through several municipalities and tried to run it off the road with his Ford F-150 pickup truck on Thursday, March 29, according to West Manheim Township Police.
He didn't know the man driving the other vehicle, police said.
Ulisse, 25, of Saxony Lane in Robbinsville, remains free on $25,000 bail, charged with stalking, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, careless driving, passing illegally, tailgating, two counts of harassment, three counts of hit and run and one count of having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.
A number of people called 911 about 5:45 p.m. March 29 to report an erratic driver who was tailgating and, at times, trying to run other vehicles off the road, according to charging documents.
They found Ulisse in the lot of the elementary school, in the 2000 block of Baltimore Pike, "stumbling around his vehicle" and appearing to be "heavily intoxicated," documents state.
He smelled of alcohol and was slurring his words as he denied hitting anything with his truck, police said.
Hit-and-run crash: However, officers could see the truck had sustained heavy front-end damage, police said.
"Multiple" 911 callers reported that Ulisse's truck caused a hit-and-run crash of parked vehicles in the first block of Heritage Drive in the township, according to charging documents.
Officers learned Ulisse chased another driver through multiple municipalities while tailgating him and honking his horn, police said.
The man, whose name was not released, told police he twice pulled over and stopped to let Ulisse pass him, but each time Ulisse also stopped, documents allege.
He said Ulisse was "swerving all over the road" while chasing him, according to documents, and told officers he believed his life was in danger.
The man said when he pulled over the second time, it was in a church parking lot on Hobart Road. He said Ulisse got out of his truck and started yelling and making "aggressive movements in a threatening manner," documents allege.
The man drove off again, with Ulisse giving chase and tailgating until the man was able to make a sharp turn onto Heritage Drive to get away from Ulisse, police said.
Wouldn't go away: But then the man heard the engine of Ulisse's truck revving and saw the truck speeding down Heritage Drive, police said. The man was forced to hide behind a home, charging documents state.
Ulisse drove past the house multiple times before driving away, police said.
Witnesses reported that before leaving the area, Ulisse struck two parked cars and a mailbox, documents state.
Other witnesses followed Ulisse until officers arrived and confronted him in the school parking lot, police said.
Police said when Ulisse was arrested, there were "several open containers of alcohol spread throughout the vehicle," according to charging documents.
Ulisse failed field sobriety tests and later refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test or a breath test, police said.
This is Ulisse's second DUI, according to police, who said his first one was in North Carolina in October.
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