Allegedly drunken man run over by own truck during road rage incident

Joseph Carl was charged with DUI and DUI property damage after the incident.
By Evan Bleier  |  July 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 24 (UPI) -- A Florida man had to be taken to the hospital after he was run over by his own truck during an alleged, alcohol-fueled road rage incident.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, Joseph Carl had been drinking and he drove into another vehicle that was stopped at a red light.

Carl then allegedly hopped out of his pickup truck and began shouting and banging on the other driver's window. Before departing from his truck, the 48-year-old neglected to put his truck in park.

The woman in the other car was frightened and she sped off, meaning there was nothing left to keep Carl's vehicle from rolling forward. Carl's Dodge 1500 started moving and he "put out his arms and tried to stop it, but it ran over him," the Gainesville Sun reported.

When police arrived, Carl was stumbling and reeked of alcohol. He allegedly admitted to having some drinks and police found numerous empty beer cans in his truck along with an open 16-oz. can that was still cold.

The suspect told officers that he didn't drink and drive, so they asked him about the beers. He reportedly responded that "he was only drinking while he drove home."

After he failed a field sobriety test, Carl was taken to the hospital where he was treated for fractures in his hand and foot. He was charged with DUI and DUI property damage.

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