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Mass. man charged following road rage in Derry parking lot

By CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent

October 10. 2017 2:45PM

JOSEPH BUDINA (Derry Police Department)

DERRY – A Massachusetts man is accused of threatening and grabbing a teenager in a Derry parking lot in what police are calling an incident of road rage.

Joseph W. Budina, 50, of 6 Upland Road, Burlington, Mass., pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of simple assault, criminal threatening and disorderly conduct Tuesday morning at his arraignment in 10th CIrcuit Court.

The charges stem from an Aug. 9 incident where, according to court records, Budina allegedly blocked another vehicle from leaving a CVS Pharmacy parking lot after a near-collision.

A 17-year-old passenger, who is not identified in court documents, told Derry police that he and his sister were driving toward the pharmacy parking lot exit when they were nearly struck by a vehicle operated by Budina.

The teen said both he and his sister threw their hands up as if to say “What the heck,” when Budina pulled his vehicle in front to block them from driving away, according to the affidavit of Officer Brian Landry.

“Joseph proceeded to get out of his vehicle and reached into the passenger-side window of (the other) vehicle, grabbing a hold of (the victim’s) right arm,” Landry wrote.

The victim told police Budina pulled his arm tight and caused his “body to bend forward” before telling him “next time he would be shot” and then driving away.

Budina provided Derry police a written statement, saying he was almost struck by the other vehicle and the teenager in question gave him the finger. He said he “deflected” the teenager’s arm away from him because “he was in fear of his safety,” according to police reports.


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