Police: Road rage ensues when pot deal goes bad

Mug shot of Faustino J. Vasquez provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A Fort Wayne man faces several charges after an incident where he allegedly drove his car into another car multiple times after an argument began regarding the sale of a small amount of marijuana.

On February 7, Faustino J. Vasquez met three people in the parking lot of a Fort Wayne hospital with the intent to sell them an eighth of an ounce of pot according to court documents filed Tuesday. An argument began over money and that’s when the three people Vasquez had met drove off.  He then followed them and was able to pull in front of their vehicle where he slammed on the brakes, causing a collision.  He then backed into the car before the driver was able to take off again.  Vasquez caught up with the group at a gas station parking lot where he then rammed the driver’s side and took off.  One of the occupants later told police he thought “he was going to die.”

A police officer pulled Vasquez over later that day and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car.  The officer also saw a large amount of marijuana in the car packaged in different sizes inside an open backpack.  Police say during an interview, Vasquez admitted to meeting the three to sell them pot.  The amount of pot found inside his car amounted to a pound and a quarter.

Vasquez is facing a felony charge of dealing marijuana, a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief and a misdemeanor charge of criminal recklessness.

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