Bobsledder faced with road-rage allegations

BILL KAUFMANN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

Charges involving an alleged road rage assault have been laid against a member of Canada's bobsled team, the Sun has learned.

The charges were filed against Mark LeBlanc -- a brakeman on the Jayson Krause-piloted Canada 2 bobsled -- after a 50-year-old man claimed he was attacked and injured in his truck by a baseball bat-wielding man Nov. 18.

The victim, who only gave his name as Pat for fear of retribution, said he was driving a gravel truck on Crowchild Tr. when a man in a Chevy Cavalier pulled up alongside him, yelling obscenities and challenging him to a fight.

"I noticed a guy ... waving a baseball bat," said Pat. "Why he was angry is a mystery."

When an irate man stopped his car in front of him, Pat said he was unable to halt his truck in time and rear-ended the Cavalier.

A man in the car then chased him as he made his way to a gravel pit in the city's extreme northwest.

When he stopped his truck behind a line of traffic at 85 St. and 144 Ave. N.W., Pat said a man then ran up to his cab and smashed in the driver's side window with the baseball bat.

"The window exploded in my face, cutting my face and filling both eyes with glass," he said.

The glass has badly damaged his vision, making him unable to work, said Pat.

Police say they made an arrest Feb. 15 and charged LeBlanc, 27, with mischief to property under $5,000, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and dangerous driving.

He's to make a first appearance in provincial court March 18.


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