Man in road rage incident run over by own truck


Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.

A man who police say had been drinking was involved in a road rage incident during a downpour Tuesday evening and was injured when he was run over by his own pickup truck.

Joseph Howard Carl
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Joseph Howard Carl

Joseph H. Carl, 48, 1012 NE 15th Place, drove his truck into the rear of a vehicle in front of him that was stopped at a traffic light at 2500 NW 43rd St. around 6:50 p.m., according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Carl then jumped out and began banging on the driver's window and yelling at the woman inside, apparently neglecting to put his pickup into park.

The driver of the other vehicle was frightened and drove away, leaving nothing to hold back Carl's Dodge 1500 truck.

The truck began to roll, and Carl, standing in front of the vehicle, put out his arms and tried to stop it, but it ran over him, the report said.

Police and paramedics arrived, but Carl refused medical treatment, the report said.

Carl was stumbling and had a strong odor of alcohol, police said. He told police he was coming from Live Oak and had had three beers. Inside the truck, police found an open and cool 16-oz. can of Miller High Life along with numerous other empty beer cans.

Carl told the officer that he does not drink and drive. When asked about the beer cans in his truck, he said he was only drinking while he drove home.

Carl failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. He refused to give a breath sample to police, and the report said that records showed that his driver's license had been suspended in 1991 after he had refused to give a breath sample then.

He complained of his foot hurting and was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he was treated for fractures in his foot and hand. He also was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal threshold for drunken driving in Florida.

Carl was arrested on charges of DUI and DUI with property damage.

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