Police: Man used knife in Conewago Twp. road rage incident

A Wellsville man is accused of trying to knife a man in a road-rage incident in Conewago Township, according to officials.

Northern York County Regional Police say Zachary Ryan Widener, 25, tried to stab another driver while saying "I'm going to kill you" after the two pulled over on Thursday, May 10. 

Widener, of the 100 block of South Peiffer Road, is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct and one count of terroristic threats, as well as summary traffic offenses.

Zachary Widener

Incident: Police say the victim had turned onto Locust Point Road from Parrot Lane about 10:15 a.m. Thursday when he noticed a PT Cruiser going extremely fast behind him.

Widener, the driver of the PT Cruiser, was "flailing his arms," and the victim pulled over so Widener could get around, officials said.

Widener didn't go around him, according to police, but instead confronted the driver.

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He pulled out a large knife and attempted to stab the victim through the driver's window, but only caused a deep scratch to the window, charging documents state.

Widener then walked around to the passenger side front window, which was down, and reached in with the knife, officials said. Court documents state that Widener stabbed the front passenger seat with the knife and yelled, "I'm going to kill you."

He also tried breaking the victim's passenger side rearview mirror, officials said. Widener got back into his car and backed up onto the grass so the victim couldn't see his license plate, according to charging documents. The victim was able to get a picture of Widener and his car, police said.

Police say Zachary Widener was drove off in this PT Cruiser after a road rage incident in Conewago Township on May 10. Photo courtesy of Northern York County Regional Police.

The victim later found Widener's PT Cruiser parked at a trailer park in the 5000 block of Susquehanna Trail, and officers went there and detained him, court documents state.

Widener told police that the whole incident began on Interstate 83, and he thought the victim was tailgating him, officials said.

"Z. Widener advised he had enough and decided to pull over and approach (the victim)," Officer Tanner Tyson wrote in charging documents.

He told police he grabbed a knife from his car and approached the victim, then punched his driver's side window, police said. He admitted to going to the passenger side and stabbing he seat, but said he didn't remember what else happened because his rage "caused things to go blurry," according to court documents.

Widener gave police the knife he used in the incident, officials said. Police say he had his 3-year-old son in the car at the time of the incident. He also was found to have a suspended driver's license, charging documents state.

He was taken to the county's central booking unit for arraignment. He was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to online court records. He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 23 at District Judge David Eshbach's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.