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Local Waste Services employee fired after Reynoldsburg road rage incident

Local Waste Services says “the individual is no longer an employee.”

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A public service employee has been fired following an incident on East Broad Street last Thursday.

“It was just…it was insane,” Laci Wilson said.

Wilson says she and her sister were headed home after work when they noticed a firetruck coming up behind them with its lights on and pulled over. Directly behind them was a driver with Local Waste Services.

“We noticed him waving his arms out the window, yelling and just very upset,” Wilson said.

Wilson says at the very next light, after the firetruck had gone by, the Local Waste Service driver was standing beside her door.

“The next thing I know he’s at my window,” she said. “And he grabbed my arm and then smacked my arm away and then ran back to the truck.”

Wilson filed a police report with the Columbus Division of Police on Monday. 

In a statement to 10TV, Local Waste Services CFO James Weaver says, “The individual is no longer an employee of Local Waste Services. As a matter of policy, we do not otherwise comment on personnel matters.”

Wilson says a representative with the company told her surveillance video from the driver’s truck was reviewed. When asked about this video, Weaver told 10TV he was unsure if there was video.

Wilson says it’s a reminder for all to beware of surroundings when on the road.

“You just try to be careful and safe and hope that nobody loses it that day,” Wilson said.

Ohio’s “Move Over” law has been in place since 1999. In 2013, it expanded to include any vehicle with flashing lights including road construction and utility crews. 

If you don’t pull over, fines are doubled and the fine goes up even more if you are caught breaking this law more than once in one year.

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