07/18/2013 12:59 pm ET

Edward Lepore Allegedly Chokes Teen Driver Who Gave Him The Middle Finger

A Florida man has been charged with child abuse and battery after allegedly choking a teenage driver who gave him the middle finger.

Edward L. Lepore, of Palm Bay, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Florida Today.

Police say Lepore, 57, got into an argument with the 16-year-old boy, and the teen wound up flipping him off and driving away. Lepore then allegedly tailed the boy in his car until the teen pulled over, according to WOFL Fox 35.

Lepore got out of his vehicle and approached the window. The victim asked why he was being followed. That's when Lepore allegedly reached in through the window and strangled the boy for a few seconds.

The teen suffered minor injuries, according to WESH.


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