NKY driver concerned with response to road rage incident

The frantic Northern Kentucky driver called 911 early Thursday when she found herself in a road rage incident.
Published: Sep. 28, 2023 at 5:45 PM EDT
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COVINGTON, Ky. (WXIX) - A Northern Kentucky woman claims she was targeted by a truck driver in a road rage incident on I-75 on Thursday morning, but she was concerned with the response after she called 911.

Dawn Ferland says she was targeted by an out-of-state semi-truck driver. She says he threatened to kill her at one point when both had exited their vehicles.

Ferland was driving to a meeting in Covington. She was on I-75 near the Buttermilk Pike exit when she says the truck driver began threatening her, blew his horn at her, and cut her off.

In a recording of her call to 911, a frantic Ferland is heard talking to a dispatcher and asking for help.

“I can either have them give you a phone call about it - you can try to get off the exit and go speak with them, but I can’t really send anybody out there to get stuck in traffic. Do you know what I mean?” a 911 dispatcher said during the call.

Ferland responded to the dispatcher: “I do, but I mean this guy is going to shoot somebody at some point. You don’t understand, this guy was a lunatic.”

Considering the seriousness of the threat, Ferland said she was upset police weren’t sent to help.

“I mean, maybe I am wrong, but I expected somebody to be there to calm the situation because letting him drive off didn’t give me a good feeling,” Ferland said.

Fort Mitchell Chief Robert Nader said in order for police to respond, someone would have to pull over. Because they didn’t, no officer was dispatched and there’s no ongoing investigation into the incident.

Chief Nader said dispatchers may have made an “attempt to locate” which would have alerted officers in the area to be on the lookout for any vehicles involved in the incident.

He said if you’re involved in a road rage incident, it’s important to stay calm, call the police, and pull over so you can speak to an officer and file a report.

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